Depression is the most frequently encountered psychiatric disorder. Twenty percent of women and ten percent of men will suffer an episode of depression at some time in their life. At any given time, five to ten percent of women and three percent of men are depressed. Unfortunately, four out of five cases of depression go undiagnosed and untreated (Frances, & First, 1998).
So, how do you know if you are depressed? It’s mostly a matter of time. How long have you been feeling badly? Try this depression checklist and check off any symptoms you are experiencing:
In general, anyone who suffers from five or more symptoms nearly every day, all day, for more than two weeks may have an illness that requires some type of assessment or treatment (Medina, 1998). Remember the key is duration. How long do the symptoms last? Do they interfere with your ability to function? If you are concerned about your symptoms, get an assessment from your physician or a mental health professional. Managing depression is critical to preventing relapse.