Here are two self-screening tests developed by Dr. Douglas G. Jacobs, a key figure in National Depression Screening Day (each October). They are not intended to substitute for a professional evaluation (to which AAP Hawaii can refer you), needed to actually make a diagnosis of depression or manic-depression (also known as bipolar disorder). You may also wish to visit the National Depression Screening site.
1. I am unable to do the things I used to do.
2. I feel hopeless about the future.
3. I can't make decisions.
4. I feel sluggish or restless.
5. I am gaining or losing weight.
6. I get tired for no reason.
7. I am sleeping too much or too little.
8. I feel unhappy.
9. I become irritable or anxious.
10. I think about dying or killing myself.
If you answered "yes" to five or more of these questions, and you have felt this way every day for several weeks, there is a good chance you are suffering from depression and should seek a licensed mental health professional. AAP Hawaii can refer you to a licensed mental health professional.
If you answered yes to question 10, you should seek help immediately, regardless of your answer to any other questions.