Management Tools

Depression Rating Scale

This questionnaire helps to check your depression level. Read the questions and tick the responses that most accurately describe the way that you have been feeling in the past week.

You may also do this on your child’s behalf, if you are sure of how he/she has been feeling.

I still enjoy the usual things that I used to enjoy:

  1. Definitely
  2. Not as much
  3. Only a little
  4. Not at all

I can see the funny side of things and laugh about them:

  1. Just like always
  2. Not quite as much
  3. Definitely not as much
  4. Not at all

I feel sad:

  1. Not at all
  2. Not often
  3. Sometimes
  4. Most of the time

I can still concentrate well on things:

  1. Often
  2. Sometimes
  3. Not often
  4. Very seldom

I look forward to the future and am hopeful:

  1. As much as before
  2. A bit less than before
  3. Definitely less than before
  4. Hardly at all

I feel as though I have slowed down:

  1. Not at all
  2. Sometimes
  3. Very often
  4. Nearly all the time

I have a sleep problem:

  1. Not at all
  2. Sometimes
  3. Very often
  4. All the time

Now, this is how you score the responses. All the (a) responses carry 0 points; (b) responses rate 1 point; (c) responses score 2 points and (d) responses carry 3 points.

A total score of less than 7 means that you are within the normal range.

A score of 8 to 10 means that you are borderline depressed.

A score of 11 or more means that you are suffering clinical depression.

Like all questionnaires of this type, there is a certain limitation. These questions are not exhaustive. Consequently, you or your child may still be suffering from depression even if the score is normal. If in doubt, consult your doctor.

If you or your child has a score within the depression range, you need to seek help. The list below describes the symptoms of depression.

Depression is characterized by at least a 2 weeks’ history of persistent depressed mood (children and adolescents may feel irritable instead) or loss of pleasure from the person’s pleasurable activities with 4 or more of the following symptoms:

  1. Change in appetite with disturbance of weight. (Children may experience a failure to gain weight as expected)
  2. Sleeping too much or too little.
  3. Slowing down or speeding up of the psychological and/or physical processes.
  4. Tiredness and fatigue.
  5. Worthless or guilty feelings.
  6. Decreased ability to think, concentrate or make decisions.
  7. Recurrent thought of death and dying.

Act now, if you or your child is depressed!!

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