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Depression Self-Assessment

Depression can take many forms. Some people with depression lose all interest in socializing. Others isolate themselves from spouses, loved ones, friends, and coworkers.

Depression can make it hard for you to sleep, or it can cause you to sleep too much. It can cause physical problems like headaches, stomach upsets, weight loss or weight gain, and chronic pain.

It can cause you to feel jittery and agitated – or it can cause you to lose all your energy. Maybe worst of all, it can make it hard for you to reach out for help because you feel worthless or hopeless – and in extreme cases it can lead to thoughts of suicide.

Studies have found that many active duty Soldiers and Marines were more depressed after deployment than before. The assessment below is provided for your convenience as a way to gain better insight as to whether you may be experiencing some of the more textbook traits of a person who is experiencing depression.

Self Assessment for Depression [0% complete]

Welcome to the Depression Assessment

Completing this questionnaire should take about five minutes. When you've completed the assessment, your results will be returned along with some resources you're sure to find helpful.

Because your privacy is of utmost importance, we do not collect any personal health information (PHI). For more information about the use of PHI and your personal privacy, please visit the Defense Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Transparency Division of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Important Note

While this tool can help you determine if you need additional help, only a health care professional can provide an accurate diagnosis.

Please check, "I Acknowledge" below to confirm that you have read and understand these statements as they have been presented to you.

During the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by having little interest or pleasure in doing things?

During the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by feeling down, depressed or hopeless?

During the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?

During the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by feeling tired or having little energy?

During the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by poor appetite or overeating?

During the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by feeling bad about yourself – or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?

During the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?

During the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed. Or the opposite – being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual?

During the last month, how often have you been bothered by thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way?

Although only a healthcare professional can provide a diagnosis, your responses suggest that you are not experiencing symptoms associated with depression.

 

Recommendations

  • Consult with your health care provider if you have questions (or find a doctor on the TRICARE website).
  • For immediate help, visit the Veteran Crisis Line for text support or call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1).
  • Learn about other health issues that often relate to depression: sleep, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and stress.

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