The depression test below is for you, the teenager, to self-assess your symptoms of depression.
If you, the reader, happen to be the parent of a teenager who might be depressed, I suggest you ask your teen to take the test by themselves.
Please don’t feel cut off. I’m a parent too and I’m interested in the good health of my children as well.
I know also that if you are experiencing a feeling, you are the one who best knows it.
Depressed people need one thing first: they have to begin to trust themselves and their feelings as much as possible. They should trust their feelings unconditionally.
If you get depressed, this is the best moment to begin to practice the art of trusting yourself unconditionally.
We give depressed teenagers trust if we allow them to check their feelings themselves.
It could also be that our teenager doesn’t feel up to talk about their feelings even with their parents. It’s better to respect this need for privacy.
If you are depressed, you could feel negatively judged even if who you are talking with has no intention to judge you.
It’s better to avoid this problem.
How to take this test?
To take this depression test for teenagers you have to observe your feelings and habits for two weeks.
There are two ways to do that:
- You can write about your feelings in a notebook and take the test at the end of the two-weeks period
- You can take the test every day for two weeks, and note just the score in a notebook
The second option gives you more privacy if you need it.
To make it fun isn’t forbidden. It’s encouraged instead.
If you decide to write about your feelings and habits in a notebook, you have to note:
- if you had trouble sleeping or if you slept too little or too much
- if you had problems eating
- if you felt hopeless, guilty, irritable, agitated, worthless
- if you cried
- if are dropping friendships or withdrawing from family
- if you feel you want to be alone
- if you feel fatigued or tired or if you have difficulties concentrating or remembering things
- if you had bad dreams
- if you used drugs or smoked or drank alcohol
- if you had difficulties making decisions
- if you thought about death or suicide
If you happen to think about death or suicide, seek immediate help. I’ve been depressed, I know that you can have this sort of thoughts. They aren’t your thoughts. They are the thoughts of your depression. Depression is a very easy to treat problem.
I know you find it impossible, but I can assure you that you will be fine again. You could even become happier than before.
Don’t worry. Just relax because you need rest above all.
I’m with you, and I’ll wait for you to tell me about your regaining the happy teen within.
How to answer each question
There are three possible answers to each question:
If you are taking the test every day, just answer yes or no.
If you take the test only once at the end of the two weeks period, you will answer:
- Yes, if what was asked happened almost everyday
- Sometimes, if what was asked happened half the times
- No, if what was asked happened almost never
Depression test for teenagers. Let’s begin.
Depression test for teenagers
Where to go now?
- Back to the home page, Depression teens: a scary problem with an easy solution.
- From Depression test for teenagers. The starting point for your way out to Symptoms of teenage depression: proposal for a new attitude. About why I don’t like the word ‘symptom’ and the refusal to be machines.