How to Take a Depression Test

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Taking a depression test, such as the Beck Depression Inventory, requires an individual to answer simple questions about their mental health status. Discover the reliability of different depression tests with information from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on depression.

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Hi, my name's John Bosworth. I'm a licensed mental health counselor in St. Petersburg, Florida. I'd like to talk a little bit about how to take a depression test. I think what most people mean when they say, "How do I take a depression test?", or "Is there a test for depression?" is usually a certain questionnaire, and there are a couple of them that I use in my practice that are related to specific behaviors associate with depression. Most behaviors associated with depression and some misinformation about depression is that everybody that's depressed is down and doesn't get out of bed. Very far from the truth. A lot of depressed people are functioning. They're up working. They're raising kids. They're building a business, a small business. So there's actually some misinformation out there, but one way to actually check and see if you might be depressed is a small instrument called the Beck depression inventory or the Reynolds depression screener. These instruments have been validated and their reliability scores are very high over years and years of research and tests and thousands and thousands of people that have taken them. They usually take about maybe three to five minutes to complete, very basic questions such as, "Has your appetite changed in the last, you know, two weeks? Have you felt and suicidal impulses, or have you had any suicidal thoughts? Do you have less interest in sex? Do you have less interest in hanging out with your friends? Do you not enjoy some of the things that you used to enjoy?" So, when we're looking for, you know, how to take a depression test, or a depression screener, those are some of the things we want to look for. My name's John Bosworth and I'm a licensed mental health counselor in St. Pete, Florida.

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