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.
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.