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Depression Quiz

This 20-question depression quiz (Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology) can help identify common symptoms of depression and their severity and help you determine if you need treatment for depression. It was developed by John Rush, MD, a leading psychiatrist from the University of Texas Medical Center.

After you complete this online depression quiz, click the "score" button and the results will appear just below that. You can also print your completed depression screening test to discuss the results with your doctor.


1 ) Falling Asleep:
  I never take longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep.
I take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep, less than half the time.
I take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep, more than half the time.
I take more than 60 minutes to fall asleep, more than half the time

2 ) Sleep During the Night:
  I do not wake up at night.
I have a restless, light sleep with a few brief awakenings each night.
I wake up at least once a night, but I go back to sleep easily.
I awaken more than once a night and stay awake for 20 minutes or more, more than half the tim

3 ) Waking Up Too Early:
  Most of the time, I awaken no more than 30 minutes before I need to get up.
More than half the time I awaken more than 30 minutes before I need to get up.
I almost always awaken at least one hour or so before I need to, but I go back to sleep eventually.

4 ) Sleeping Too Much:
  I sleep no longer than 7-8 hours/night, without napping during the day.
I sleep no longer than 10 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.
I sleep no longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.
I sleep longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour perio

5 ) Feeling Sad:
  I do not feel sad.
I feel sad less than half the time.
I feel sad more than half the time.
I feel sad nearly all of the time.

6 ) Decreased Appetite:
  There is no change in my usual appetite.
I eat somewhat less often or lesser amounts of food than usual.
I eat much less than usual and only with personal effort.
I rarely eat within a 24-hour period, and only with extreme personal effort or when others p

7 ) Increased Appetite:
  There is no change from my usual appetite.
I feel a need to eat more frequently than usual.
I regularly eat more often and/or greater amounts of food than usual.
I feel driven to overeat both at mealtime and between meals.

8 ) Decreased Weight (Within the Last Two Weeks):
  I have not had a change in my weight.
I feel as if I've had a slight weight loss.
I have lost 2 pounds or more.
I have lost 5 pounds or more.

9 ) Increased Weight (Within the Last Two Weeks):
  I have not had a change in my weight.
I feel as if I've had a slight weight gain.
I have gained 2 pounds or more.
I have gained 5 pounds or more.

10 ) Concentration/Decision Making:
  There is no change in my usual capacity to concentrate or make decisions.
I occasionally feel indecisive or find that my attention wanders.
Most of the time, I struggle to focus my attention or to make decisions.
I cannot concentrate well enough to read o

11 ) View of Myself:
  I see myself as equally worthwhile and deserving as other people.
I am more self-blaming than usual.
I largely believe that I cause problems for others.
I think almost constantly about major and minor defects in myself.

12 ) Thoughts of Death or Suicide:
  I do not think of suicide or death.
I feel that life is empty or wonder if it's worth living.
I think of suicide or death several times a week for several minutes.
I think of suicide or death several times a day in some detail, or I have made specific pla

13 ) General Interest:
  There is no change from usual in how interested I am in other people or activities.
I notice that I am less interested in people or activities.
I find I have interest in only one or two of my formerly pursued activities.
I have virtually no interest in fo

14 ) Energy Level:
  There is no change in my usual level of energy.
I get tired more easily than usual.
I have to make a big effort to start or finish my usual daily activities (for example, shopping, homework, cooking or going to work).
I really cannot carry out most of my

15 ) Feeling Slowed Down:
  I think, speak, and move at my usual rate of speed.
I find that my thinking is slowed down or my voice sounds dull or flat.
It takes me several seconds to respond to most questions and I'm sure my thinking is slowed.
I am often unable to respond to questi

16 ) Feeling Restless:
  I do not feel restless.
I'm often fidgety, wringing my hands, or need to shift how I am sitting.
I have impulses to move about and am quite restless.
At times, I am unable to stay seated and need to pace around.