Self-Test: True or False?

Excerpt from the book “The Truth About Fear and Depression” by Heather Denkmire

If you are wondering whether you might be experiencing depression or an anxiety disorder, the following self-test can help you learn more about yourself. Your responses will not give you a diagnosis, but they may help you gain insight into what you are feeling. Remember, there is no substitute for the opinions and advice of a professional mental health worker.

List all statements that are true for you:

Feelings

I feel sad and irritable much of the time.
I often feel afraid to be alone.
I feel lonely most of the time.
I feel hopeless most of the time.
I seem more depressed than my friends.
Other people have noticed changes in my moods.
I have trouble concentrating and remembering things.
I have trouble making decisions.
Nothing is interesting to me.
I can’t seem to get along with anyone.
I get angry all the time.
I cry all the time.
I hate myself.

Behaviors

I sometimes us alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
I have lost interest in activities I once enjoyed.
Other people have noticed changes in my activity level.
I avoid places I used to go that now make me feel uncomfortable.
My grades are getting worse.
I’ve gotten in trouble with my teachers or my boss at work.

Health and Well-Being

I sometimes think about suicide and ending it all.
I have made a plan to commit suicide.
I have attempted suicide.
I have had a panic attack, with a fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, and sweaty palms.
I have trouble with sleep–I sleep too much or not enough.
I have trouble with my appetitie–I eat too much or not enough.

Listing any one of these items as true for you does not mean you are suffering from a mental disorder. However, if you selected more than one statement, it is probably a good idea to talk with someone about how you are feeling. If you selected more than a few statements, please talk to someone right away. The school nurse, a doctor, a teacher, or any adult you trust would be a good choice. He or she can help you find a counselor to talk to, if you wish.

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