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BECK'S DEPRESSION INVENTORY 

You will be asked 21 questions; answer honestly, without thinking for too long.

 

Note this test is intended solely for informational and educational purposes and its results cannot replace the real help of a specialist and should not be used for making any decision. 

1. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

 

0 - I do not feel sad

1 - I feel sad

2 - I am sad all the time and I can't snap out of it

3 - I am so sad and unhappy that I can't stand it

2. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

 

0 - I am not particularly discouraged about the future

1 - I feel discouraged about the future

2 - I feel I have nothing to look forward to

3 - I feel the future is hopeless and that things cannot improve

3. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

 

0 - I do not feel like a failure

1 - I feel I have failed more than the average person

2 - As I look back on my life, all I can see is a lot of failures

3 - I feel I am a complete failure as a person

4. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I get as much satisfaction out of things as I used to

1 - I don't enjoy things the way I used to

2 - I don't get real satisfaction out of anything anymore

3 - I am dissatisfied or bored with everything

5. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I don't feel particularly guilty

1 - I feel guilty a good part of the time

2 - I feel quite guilty most of the time

3 - I feel guilty all of the time

6. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I don't feel I am being punished

1 - I feel I may be punished

2 - I expect to be punished

3 - I feel I am being punished

7. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I don't feel disappointed in myself

1 - I am disappointed in myself

2 - I am disgusted with myself

3 - I hate myself

8. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I don't feel I am any worse than anybody else

1 - I am critical of myself for my weaknesses or mistakes

2 - I blame myself all the time for my faults

3 - I blame myself for everything bad that happens

9. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I don't have any thoughts of killing myself

1 - I have thoughts of killing myself, but I would not carry them out

2 - I would like to kill myself

3 - I would kill myself if I had the chance

10. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I don't cry any more than usual

1 - I cry more now than I used to

2 - I cry all the time now

3 - I used to be able to cry, but now I can't cry even though I want to

11. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I am no more irritated by things than I ever was

1 - I am slightly more irritated now than usual

2 - I am quite annoyed or irritated a good deal of the time

3 - I feel irritated all the time

12. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I have not lost interest in other people

1 - I am less interested in other people than I used to be

2 - I have lost most of my interest in other people

3 - I have lost all of my interest in other people

13. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I make decisions about as well as I ever could

1 - I put off making decisions more than I used to

2 - I have greater difficulty in making decisions more than I used to

3 - I can't make decisions at all anymore

14. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I don't feel that I look any worse than I used to

1 - I am worried that I am looking old or unattractive

2 - I feel there are permanent changes in my appearance that make me look unattractive

3 - I believe that I look ugly

15. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I can work about as well as before

1 - It takes an extra effort to get started at doing something

2 - I have to push myself very hard to do anything

3 - I can't do any work at all

16. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I can sleep as well as usual

1 - I don't sleep as well as I used to

2 - I wake up 1-2 hours earlier than usual and find it hard to get back to sleep

3 - I wake up several hours earlier than I used to and cannot get back to sleep

17. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I don't get more tired than usual

1 - I get tired more easily than I used to

2 - I get tired from doing almost anything

3 - I am too tired to do anything

18. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - My appetite is no worse than usual

1 - My appetite is not as good as it used to be

2 - My appetite is much worse now

3 - I have no appetite at all anymore

19. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I haven't lost much weight, if any, lately

1 - I have lost more than five pounds

2 - I have lost more than ten pounds

3 - I have lost more than fifteen pounds

20. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I am no more worried about my health than usual

1 - I am worried about physical problems like aches, pains, upset stomach, or constipation

2 - I am very worried about physical problems and it's hard to think of much else

3 - I am so worried about my physical problems that I cannot think of anything else

21. Choose the statement that best describes your health during the past week, including today:

0 - I have not noticed any recent change in my interest in sex

1 - I am less interested in sex than I used to be

2 - I have almost no interest in sex

3 - I have lost interest in sex completely

INTERPRETING THE BECK DEPRESSION INVENTORY

Now that you have completed the questionnaire, add up the score for each of the twenty-one questions by counting the number to the right of each question you marked. The highest possible total for the whole test would be sixty-three. This would mean you circled number three on all twenty-one questions. Since the lowest possible score for each question is zero, the lowest possible score for the test would be zero. This would mean you circles zero on each question.

You can evaluate your depression according to the Table below.

 

Total Score____________________

Levels of Depression

1-10____________________These ups and downs are considered normal

11-16___________________ Mild mood disturbance

17-20___________________Borderline clinical depression

21-30___________________Moderate depression

31-40___________________Severe depression over

40__________________Extreme depression

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