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Online tests for depression any good?

Online tests for depression any good?

Not the best: At best, online tests for depression are only useful for screening depressive symptoms...And that is if you happen to stumble across a well researched one. The best way to determine if you have depression is to visit with a psychologist or psychiatrist since there are different types of depression, which have different causes, and require different treatments.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is there a test or scale for measuring depression?

Is there a test or scale for measuring depression?

Yes, several: Several 'screening measures' are online. It doesn't replace a real Dx Eval but can be useful. Mostly for sincerely worried young people who discover that they don't make the first cut - but it you exaggerate at all - it might be hard to get a true answer. A visit to an expert is better for an evaluation. Http://psych. Med. Nyu. Edu/patient-care/screening-tests/depression-screening-test

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What can I do if I got a 29 on the goldberg's depression test?

What can I do if I got a 29 on the goldberg's depression test?

The Goldberg: Depression Test is offered on line and is a brief instrument to assess possible depression. As the website says, it does not replace the need for professional diagnosis or treatment. Please see a mental health professional. "Feeling Good" by David Burns is a helpful book. Peace and good health, .

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How do you get tested for depression? Is it a battery of tests, an interview, what?

How do you get tested for depression? Is it a battery of tests, an interview, what?

Depression tests: Despite all the screening tools available in research, online, in fashion magazines. The psychiatric interview is the best possible way to diagnose depression although the scales are helpful to evaluation and monitoring response to treatment. Its helpful but not the way to diagnose some one with depression.

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I took tests for depression online. They were vague. Where can I get definite diagnosis?

I took tests for depression online. They were vague. Where can I get definite diagnosis?

No Self-Dx: Even if the tests on line were not vague, you still will need someone to help you explain the results. Number itself is meaningless, what's more important is the item analysis. Also, diagnosis is not given based on a single measure. There're several measures that assess whatever is needed for your diagnosis. Bottom line-- don't diagnose yourself, get a professional to do it.

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Got an 81% on the goldberg's depression test. What do I do now? It's kinda freaking me out.....

Got an 81% on the goldberg's depression test. What do I do now? It's kinda freaking me out.....

Too high to ignore: Don't freak out! Do find a therapist to help you understand what's going on. If you can describe your feelings accurately, a therapist will know the best next step. It may be reassurance and learning the terms for your feelings less dramatically - or therapy w/ or w/out medication. Find a therapist you can trust. Good luck!

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Well I took some depression test online and I passed them all but is there still a chance I can get depression because I'm wooried

Well I took some depression test online and I passed them all but is there still a chance I can get depression because I'm wooried

Yes: If you are concerned about symptoms of depression, please see your doctor or mental health provider. Your concerns and symptoms can be explored further and treated, if necessary.

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I think that I'm suffering with depression I've noticed all the symptoms and done an online test and it all adds up I don't know what to do I'm 17?

I think that I'm suffering with depression I've noticed all the symptoms and done an online test and it all adds up I don't know what to do I'm 17?

Depression: Depression is a very common disease and like any other disease is treatable. Self assessment can be done using Patient health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). Depression can be secondary to thyroid problems or side affects of drugs. Depression can be easily treated by GP by antidepressant medications or by counselling. If someone has thoughts of hurting themselves or anyone else they should call 111.

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Which tests determines bipolar and depression?

Which tests determines bipolar and depression?

Clinical interview: Combined with observation and possible input from others are used to make accurate diagnoses of bipolar disorder and depression. Psychological testing can assist with confirmation but is not diagnostic in and of itself. Recommend comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist or doctoral level clinical psychologist.

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How do doctors test themselves for depression?

How do doctors test themselves for depression?

See below: Just like we recommend to you, we try to ask for professional help, no self-diagnosis (it is difficult though:) we try ask for help when needed. Focus on stress management, e.g. Self-care, relaxation, taking breaks when possible.

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Depression runs in the family: what tests? How do you get diagnosed?

Depression runs in the family: what tests? How do you get diagnosed?

Symptoms: We make the diagnosis of depression based on our patients symptoms. There are some screening tests (easy to find online) but if you are feeling "blue or sad", sleeping poorly, having appetite changes or loss of libido you should have a discussion with your dr. Most often a patient will present with a somatic "body problem" like headache and if you don't clue you dr. In we will search wrongly.

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How do you know if your depression is biological or environmental? Is there test you could run?

How do you know if your depression is biological or environmental? Is there test you could run?

Proper diagnosis: A clinical diagnosis o depression is alwys the result of interplay between biological psychological and environmental factors.

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I am being refused tests and diagnosis for severe crippling athritis because of depression. What can I do?

I am being refused tests and diagnosis for severe crippling athritis because of depression. What can I do?

Ridiculous: Pain is a bio psychosocial disease. Your pain can make your depression worse. Your depression can make it difficult to cope with the pain. You need to find a doctor who understands the importance of working up your pain complaints and effectively treating your pain.

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I took goldbergs depression test and at level 54 you will be classified as severely depressed I got 89 I'm worried but is this test accurate?

I took goldbergs depression test and at level 54 you will be classified as severely depressed I got 89 I'm worried but is this test accurate?

Reasonable screen: As the measure makes clear - this is only to help you determine if there is a reason to seek professional help. The items are well chosen in my opinion and the scoring appears to be reasonable. A tendency to opt for extreme positives may just be a style, but such a high score would not go away entirely if you were less "enthusiastic". I think it makes sense to talk w/ a therapist at 89. Take care.

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What are the tests for unipolar depression?

Unipolar Depression: Also there are depression scales to test for depression, such as the hamilton test & the zung depression scale. Your psychiatrist can provide you with those.

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What are the tests for depression in pregnancy?

See Below: There are some standardized tests that can be performed by your doctor. The best way is a visit to your provider. Most of the time, depression can be diagnosed by observation and history. You can also google depression tests.

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Are you supposed to be diagnosed with depression without a blood test?

Are you supposed to be diagnosed with depression without a blood test?

Maybe: Sometimes the cause of depression is clear...Sometimes it needs further investigation. Thyroid blood testing is the most relevant as far as depression is concerned, but there are others. Talk to your physician about it. If initial treatment is not working, then certainly further investigation into metabolic conditions should be done.

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If my prolactin test came back high can that cause depression & anxiety?

If my prolactin test came back high can that cause depression & anxiety?

Depends on cause of: High prolactin levels can be seen in many conditions including medications, brain rumors et. C and can occur in non pathological conditions. Talk to your doctor to find out the cause of your high prolactin levels so it could be addressed.