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Depression Test: Self-Assessment Test
This depression test will help to assess if you’re suffering from depression or not. Start test by giving answers based on your feeling during the last 2 weeks. Source: Drs Robert L Spitzer, Janet BW Williams & Kurt Kroenke(NHS Choices)
Dealing with Depression: Five Steps to Fight
The road is long and winding, you may find yourself getting lost but it’s important to get back on track, pull yourself together and fight for recovery. When, one day, you see the light at the end of the tunnel you will feel the greatest relief you have ever felt in your life.
Step One: What is Depression? Causes, Types, Signs and Symptoms.
The first step on the road to recovery knows exactly what depression is, its causes, types, signs and symptoms of depression and how it affects you.
Depression is a constant low mood that can last for days, months or even years. It affects your sleep, appetite, social relationships, and even sex drive.
Some people find that they sleep too much whereas others find they cannot sleep at all. Depression can also cause horrible dreams making it hard for people to want to sleep for fear of dreaming.
Many people struggle to eat even a mouthful while others cannot stop eating. This can lead to weight problems which will cause the individual to feel even worse about themselves.
While being depressed many people push the people closest to them away. They don’t realise what they are doing until it’s too late. This means that when they finally come around and realise they need somebody to talk to there may not be anyone there. It’s important to try and remember this when interacting with those we love.
Step Two: Diagnosis
If you believe you are suffering from depression it is important to see a medical professional as soon as possible. The sooner you get help the easier it will be to see yourself out of the black hole you find yourself in.
It’s not at all as scary as we feel it is to go to a doctor and explain how we are feeling. Yes, physically you look pretty much fine but inside you are in turmoil. Always remember that you are not the only one. A doctor has seen many people suffering with depression and they do not judge the way we feel they will.
Step Three: Choosing your Path (Treatment)
Once you’ve been diagnosed your doctor will advise you on the best treatments such as medication or counselling.
It can take a while to find the right treatment that you feel comfortable with but always remember that you will find the right path and you will start your road to recovery.
Step Four: Enjoy yourself!
You may not feel like it but encouraging yourself to have fun with help to fight depression at its source. You may feel like you can’t enjoy anything and you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning but push yourself and you will see the rewards.
Step Five: Take every day as it comes
Set yourself a morning routine and take each day as it comes. Step by step, day by day, you will begin to feel the benefits and your road to recovery will become less bumpy. Soon the dark days of the past will be far behind, like a distant memory and you can stand proud and say ‘I fought depression and won’