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Facing depression or even just acknowledging its presence can be difficult.  This test is adapted from the test used for the National Depression Day Screening which is conducted every October, nationwide. For a confidential email, online chat or phone session with a therapist, visit www.eTherapistsOnline.com

Read each sentence carefully.  For each statement, check the bubble in the column that best corresponds to how often you have felt that way during the past two weeks.  Simply click on the appropriate button then, when you have answered all of the questions, click the Total button.  You can print this form and manually apply the values shown to the right for each answer.  Your privacy is respected here.  Your results are not reported in any fashion.  They are for your use and the use of your therapist.

1

None or little of the time

2

Some of the time

3

Good part of the time

4

Most or all of the time

1. I feel downhearted, blue, and sad.

1 2 3 4
2. Morning is when I feel the best. 4 3 2 1
3. I have crying spells or feel like it. 1 2 3 4
4. I have trouble sleeping through the night. 1 2 3 4
5. I eat as much as I used to. (If you are on a diet, answer as if you were not.) 4 3 2 1
6. I enjoy looking at, talking to, and being with attractive women/men. 4 3 2 1
7. I notice that I am losing weight. (If you are on a diet, answer as if you were not.) 1 2 3 4
8. I have trouble with constipation. 1 2 3 4
9. My heart beats faster than usual. 1 2 3 4
10. I get tired for no reason. 1 2 3 4
11. My mind is as clear as it used to be. 4 3 2 1
12. I find it easy to do the things I used to do. 4 3 2 1
13. I am restless and can't keep still. 1 2 3 4
14. I feel hopeful about the future. 4 3 2 1
15. I am more irritable than usual. 1 2 3 4
16. I find it easy to make decisions. 4 3 2 1
17. I feel that I am useful and needed. 4 3 2 1
18. My life is pretty full. 4 3 2 1
19. I feel that others would be better off if I were dead. 1 2 3 4
20. I still enjoy the things I used to do. 4 3 2 1
         

 

Please also answer Yes or No to the following three questions:   Yes No  
A. Have you ever had at least a four-day period of sustained, excessively elevated mood, with rapid thinking, many new ideas, heightened interest in sex, and loss of sleep?    
B. Have you ever had at least a four-day period of sustained, excessivly irritable mood, with anger, arguments, or breaking things, that led to difficulties with others?    
C. Has any close blood relative ever had depression, manic-depression, alcohol abuse, or been psychiatrically hospitalized?    
 

Raw Total:

 

 

STEP 2: Note your SDS Index score from the number next to your raw total in the following table:

Conversion of Raw Scores to the SDS Index

Raw Score SDS Index Raw Score SDS Index Raw Score SDS Index Raw Score SDS Index Raw Score SDS Index
20 25 32 40 44 55 56 70 68 85
21 26 33 41 45 56 57 71 69 86
22 28 34 43 46 58 58 73 70 88
23 29 35 44 47 59 59 74 71 89
24 30 36 45 48 60 60 75 72 90
25 31 37 46 49 61 61 76 73 91
26 33 38 48 50 63 62 78 74 92
27 34 39 49 51 64 63 79 75 94
28 35 40 50 52 65 64 80 76 95
29 36 41 51 53 66 65 81 77 96
30 38 42 53 54 68 66 83 78 98
31 39 43 54 55 69 67 84 79 99
        80 100

STEP 3: What Your Scores Mean

vertical scalar

SDS Index

Equivalent Clinical Global Impression

Below-50 ...

Within normal range, no psychopathology.

50 - 59 ...

Presence of minimal to mild depression.

60 - 69 ...

Presence of moderate to marked depression.

70 & over ...

Presence of severe to extreme depression.

For a complimenatry initial consultation, print the results of your test and bring it with you.

This test is adapted from W. W. K. Zung 1965, 1974, 1991 All Rights Reserved

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