Depression Self-Rating Test
Nearly 20 million Americans experience depression, but many will never seek treatment, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The Depression Self-Rating Test is a simple, 16-question quiz to help you identify common symptoms of depression and their severity. Remember, depression is more than just feeling down: it is a real medical condition that can be effectively treated.
Instructions: Select the one response to each item that best describes you for the past seven days. You must answer all questions. After you have answered each question, click the Calculate Score button to determine your depression score. Information below the form will help you understand your score and recommend follow-up actions for you to consider.
Understanding Your Depression Score
The score on the Depression Self-Rating Test ranges from 0 to 27 and breaks down according to the following criteria:
If your depression score is 9 or greater, you may qualify to participate in one of the current studies being conducted at the Mood Disorders Research Program and Clinic. If you'd like to participate in a research study or clinical trial, contact us by calling 214-648-HELP (214-648-4357).
Note: The above cutoff points are based largely on clinical judgment rather than on empirical data.
Copyright 2000. A. John Rush, M.D. Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (Self-Report) (QIDS-SR). Used with permission.