Lawyer Assistance Program

Depression Self-Test

This self–screening test was developed by Dr. Douglas  G. Jacobs, a key figure in National Depression Screening Day (each October).  It is not intended to substitute for a professional evaluation (to which D.C. Bar LAP can refer you), needed to actually make a diagnosis of Major Depression  or Bipolar Disorder. You may also wish to visit the National Mental Health Screening site.

Depression:

1. I am unable to do the things I used to do.

2. I feel hopeless about the future.

3. I can’t make decisions.

4. I feel sluggish or restless.

5. I am gaining or losing weight.

6. I get tired for no reason.

7. I am sleeping too much, or too little.

8. I feel unhappy.

9. I become irritable or anxious.

10. I think about dying or killing myself.

If you answered yes to five or more of these questions, and you have felt this way every day for several weeks, there is a good chance you are suffering from depression and should see a licensed mental health professional. If you answered yes to question 10, you should seek help immediately, regardless of your answer to any other questions.