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: Write down one response to each item that best describes you for the past 7 days. After you have answered each question, tally the numbers from your notes to determine your depression score. The information below the form will help you understand your score and recommend follow-up actions for you to consider.
Online Depression Self-Rating Test
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:
Normal Mild Moderate Severe Very Severe
0–5 6–10 11–15 16–20 21
If your depression score is 9 or greater, you may qualify to participate in one of the current studies being conducted at the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care. If you'd like to participate in a research study or clinical trial, contact us by calling 214-648-HELP (214-648-4357).
Reminder: Keep in mind that your depression rating does not represent a formal diagnosis of depression. Instead, your rating indicates that you have some of the common symptoms associated with depression and, therefore, may have the illness. If you have answered all the questions as honestly as possible and you feel that the results of the test are accurate, you should consult a health care professional to obtain a formal diagnosis of depression if so indicated.
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.