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Depression affects over 19 million adults each year; with feelings like hopelessness, not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much, and days where we feel on top of the world and down the next it makes it hard to live a normal life with depression. The depression test is designed to help you find out if you may have depression and helps you ask the right questions of your doctor.

What is depression?
Depression, or clinical depression, is when feelings like thoughts of suicide, loss of interest, extreme irritability, anxiety, panic, etc. last for two weeks or more. For people with depression it is impossible to control these symptoms and can disrupt normal everyday life. It can even end marriages, strain relationships with family and friends, and even end in suicide if it is left untreated. Depression should be taken very seriously and if you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms take the depression test and speak with your doctor.

Why take the depression test?
Clinical depression is a very serious illness and many people mistake these symptoms as a part of everyday life. This is not true, if you are suffering from clinical depression the depression test will help you find out if you are and will help your doctor understand more about your type of depression and how to treat it. Many people with clinical depression go on to live healthy normal lives with meaningful relationships because of therapy, medication, or a combination of both. Depression should not be a part of your everyday life and it can be treated; the depression test will help you understand your condition and what you should do about it.

What is the depression test?
The depression test is a series of questions that require a basic yes or no answer. There are many different types of depression tests available so that you can fully understand your type of depression. These questions are similar to what a doctor would ask if you feel that you are having a problem with depression.
You should take the depression test if you feel hopeless, experiencing loss of interest, having anxiety and panic attacks, oversleeping or not sleeping enough, feeling extreme highs and debilitating lows, having thoughts of suicide, and/or experiencing irrational thought patterns.

Where can you take the depression test?
The National Depression Screening Project is a mental health screening program that sponsors Nation Depression Screening Day and has a toll free year round phone lines that helps callers to find free and confidential help in their areas. National Screening Day is held every year during October during Mental Illness Awareness Week and is designed to help and educate people about mental illness and to put them in contact with the right physician in their area so that they can get the help they need.

The questions they ask on a depression test
1.    Do you feel sad, unhappy, hopeless, or otherwise down?
2.    Do you feel very tired with little energy?
3.    Are you unable to concentrate?
4.    Do you feel moody, uneasy, restless, or irritable?
5.    Do you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep during the night?
6.    Have your eating patterns drastically changed?
7.    Are you unable to enjoy life and daily activities?
8.    Have you lost interest in sex or are you experiencing sexual difficulties?
9.    Have you lost interest in activities that used to mean a lot to you?
10.    Do you have difficulties making a decision?
11.    Do you feel inadequate or like a failure?
12.    Do you feel guilty and put yourself down for no apparent reason?
13.    Do you feel hopeless and like things will always go wrong for you no matter how hard you try?
14.    Do you feel empty inside, like you are not really alive?
15.    Do you feel confined or imprisoned?
16.    Do you have thoughts of suicide?