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Depression

Wakefield Scale

Just answer the following 12 questions, circling your response, and add up the circled numbers. If your score is 15 or higher, show the test to your primary-care physician.

  1. I feel miserable and sad.
    0.   No, not at all
    1.   No, not much
    2.   Yes, sometimes
    3.   Yes, definitely

  2. I find it easy to do the things I used to do.
    0.   Yes, definitely
    1.   Yes, sometimes
    2.   No, not much
    3.   No, not at all

  3. I get frightened or panicky feelings for apparently no reason at all.
    0.   No, not at all
    1.   No, not much
    2.   Yes, sometimes
    3.   Yes, definitely

  4. I have weeping spells or feel like weeping.
    0.   No, not at all
    1.   No, not much
    2.   Yes, sometimes
    3.   Yes, definitely

  5. I still enjoy the things I used to.
    0.   Yes, definitely
    1.   Yes, sometimes
    2.   No, not much
    3.   No, not at all

  6. I am restless and can't keep still.
    0.   No, not at all
    1.   No, not much
    2.   Yes, sometimes
    3.   Yes, definitely

  7. I get to sleep easily without sleeping tablets.
    0.   Yes, definitely
    1.   Yes, sometimes
    2.   No, not much
    3.   No, not at all

  8. I feel anxious when I go out of the house on my own.
    0.   No, not at all
    1.   No, not much
    2.   Yes, sometimes
    3.   Yes, definitely

  9. I have lost interest in things.
    0.   No, not at all
    1.   No, not much
    2.   Yes, sometimes
    3.   Yes, definitely

  10. I get tired for no reason.
    0.   No, not at all
    1.   No, not much
    2.   Yes, sometimes
    3.   Yes, definitely

  11. I am more irritable than usual.
    0.   No, not at all
    1.   No, not much
    2.   Yes, sometimes
    3.   Yes, definitely

  12. I wake early and then sleep badly for the rest of the night.
    0.   No, not at all
    1.   No, not much
    2.   Yes, sometimes
    3.   Yes, definitely

Even if you do not score highly on the test but suspect you are depressed, talk to your doctor. Some people with normal scores on depression questionnaires actually are depressed and can benefit from treatment. And please, if you develop thoughts of harming yourself or others, seek help right away.