When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems. There are many symptoms of depression, including low mood, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lack of energy, and problems with sleep. The more symptoms someone has, the more likely they are to be depressed. This test will help you to assess whether you could be suffering from depression. When completing the above questions, it is helpful to think about how they have applied to you over the last few weeks or months. This test will help identify if you might be suffering from depression; the test is an indicator only and not meant to replace a full assessment by a qualified clinician. This test was adapted from Beck’s Depression Inventory.
Free 5 Minute Depression Scale Test With Instant Test Results
Please note that this questionnaire is not designed for people to complete without any input from their healthcare professional.
Please contact your doctor if you are:
- Concerned about your mood; or
- Have completed this questionnaire and it indicates that you may be depressed.
If you are having any thoughts of self-harm, please read our leaflet on Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts, which gives advice on all the help that is available. If you need FREE help or are in crisis, please contact the National Helpline about mental or substance use disorders, prevention, treatment, and recovery in English and Spanish.
INTERPRETING THE TEST: DEPRESSION SCALE
SCORE 0-10: These mood ups and downs are considered normal,
SCORE 11-16: Mild mood disturbance,
SCORE 17-20: Borderline clinical depression,
SCORE 21-30: Moderate depression,
SCORE 31-40: Severe depression,
SCORE 40-63: Extreme depression