Depression Checklist

It occurred to me to as I wrote my last post, Depression News: Faster relief?, to share a resource I have available on the Resources and Quizzes page at my website.

Depression is one of those heavily used terms in our culture, applied to everything from a fleeting feeling to a serious clinical syndrome. Sometimes folks who have been depressed for a while are so used to it they do not even recognize it as depression! The following checklist is one tool to get you thinking about yourself and your mood.

Depression Checklist

Are you experiencing any of the following:

  • A persistent sad, anxious or “down” mood?
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed?
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or weight gain?
  • Sleeping too little or sleeping too much?
  • Restlessness or irritability?
  • Persistent physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment (such as headaches, chronic pain, or constipation and other digestive disorders)?
  • Fatigue or loss of energy?
  • Difficulty with concentration, decision making or memory?
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless?
  • Thoughts of death or suicide?

If you said yes to 5 or more, please seek help from a trained professional. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately at your nearest emergency room or crisis line.

National Suicide Hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK

Kathleen Young, Psy.D.

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7 Responses to Depression Checklist

  1. Gwenny says:

    Thanks for the checklist, I’ll link it to friends. I have spent most of my life depressed. But I’ve learned lots of strategies to keep it from getting out of hand, since I’ve spent most of my life without insurance. Which is depressing all by itself.😀

    • Thanks for reading and welcome to the blog, Gwenny!

      Ah yes, coping with depression (or any mental health issues) without insurance or access to good care is indeed a major stressor all its own!

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  3. Mary Byrne Eigel says:

    Great post, Just wanted you to know I linked to your post in my recent post.
    Mary
    http://bluestarmoon.wordpress.com

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