Anxiety and Depression

It is hardly surprising with the pressures of modern life that anxiety and depression are a cause for concern for many nowadays. When checking internet searches, I saw that several people had been looking to find out more about symptoms, signs and even tests for depression and anxiety.

The two tests below only provide an indication, a rough guide and are no substitute for competent one-to-one medical advice. Our moods and the influences around us can vary throughout the day, individual interpretations of the questions may vary.

However, if you do have concerns you may find the suggestions helpful regarding the need to speak to someone.

General anxiety

This test covers the main symptoms of anxiety. Select which number on each line feels relevant for you, add them up then check below for possible action.

As a general guideline, the bands are mild (0-5), moderate (6-10), moderately severe (11-15) and severe (15-21), scores over 10 particularly warrant following up. If they are low but you still have concerns, please do take further action.

Depression

This is not a test to screen for depression, but rather a way to monitor severity (as well as response to treatment.) As above, add up your scores and see below.

The bands here are none (0-4), mild (5-9), moderate (10-14), moderately severe (15-19) and severe (20-27). 

Psychotherapy is suggested for scores of 10 and above, as well as a possible benefit that could be gained from medication. The higher the score, the greater the likely need for one or both. If you have any doubts or queries please contact your GP and/or a qualified therapist.

Please remember - in all cases where there are concerns about physical or mental health and well being, it is best to rely on seeing a professional in person rather than relying on general online information. If you have worries, please talk to someone.