Could You Be Depressed? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Depression has often been called the silent killer. Science has only recently begun to understand the full scope of this very real disease. Because the symptoms can sometimes be explained away by simple sadness or anxiety, you may need to dig a little deeper. Here are 10 questions to help you distinguish whether your symptoms may be pointing to the more serious problem of depression.

Could You Be Depressed? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Do I experience intense sadness that lasts more than a few days?

Intense sadness with no cause can be the first sign that you need to see a professional. Unless you’ve recently experienced a big life change, such as an illness, loss of job, or divorce, you may be suffering from depression.

Do I think about suicide?

If you find yourself thinking that the world would be a better place without you, or that you can only achieve happiness by ending your life, seek immediate help! You can call 911 or go to your local emergency room.

Do I have feelings of hopelessness?

It can be a sign of depression if you feel that your life is never going to improve or that you’re stuck in a situation with no way out.

Do I turn to alcohol or drugs to manage my feelings?

There’s nothing wrong with a drink now and then to relax after a stressful day. If you’re using alcohol or drugs, though, as the only way to lift your mood day after day, then it could be a warning sign of depression.

Do I feel worthless or guilty?

Depression can make you feel guilty without having done anything. It can also manifest itself in an overwhelmingly negative self-evaluation — feeling that you don’t amount to anything. If you’re experiencing these feelings, seek immediate professional help.

Am I losing my temper or fighting with people more than I used to?

This goes beyond a simple reaction to a stressful day. This is a pattern of anger that commonly develops with depression. With teenagers, it may manifest in fighting more with other kids at school. Adults may see themselves increasingly screaming at or arguing with their spouses.

Am I more irritable?

Like anger and fighting, increased irritability is another sign of depression.

Am I feeling more fatigued or lacking energy?

It’s common for people who are depressed to experience an unquenchable fatigue — oftentimes they are unable to get out of bed for weeks at a time, missing work and other important events.

Have my eating patterns changed?

Changes in eating patterns can vary from person to person when they’re affected by depression. Some people overeat, using food in an attempt to lift their mood. Others, because of the exhaustion that depression causes, don’t have time to prepare balanced meals and so don’t eat enough.

Have I lost interest in activities that I used to love?

If you find yourself disinterested in activities that you used to look forward to — sporting events, going out with friends, or even sex — it could be because of depression.

Although it was said numerous times throughout this article, we want to reiterate — if you answered yes to any number of these questions, seek help from a mental health professional. You have every right to feel good about yourself and your life, and a professional can help you achieve that.

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