(This is not a complete list of symptoms. If you or a family member is suicidal or exhibits other signs of depression/mental illness, call 9-1-1 or take them to a mental health professional immediately.)
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What has your (or your friend’s) life been like in the past two weeks? Place a check mark next to the statements or behaviors that apply. If you have some of these symptoms (or others not on the list), tell your parents or someone who has the ability to help you. Depression is treatable, and you don't have to suffer alone anymore. DON’T WAIT!
This is not a diagnosis. This is only a tool to encourage you to talk to your parents or another adult about how you've been feeling.
What has your life been like in the past two weeks?
I’m tired and have no energy to do anything.
I haven't been eating, or I’m overeating.
I feel bad about myself. I’m a failure. I can’t do anything right.
I have trouble concentrating on what I’m doing.
My future is hopeless, or I can’t even visualize my future.
I have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or am sleeping too much.
I try to escape from the world I live in by surfing the Internet, watching TV, playing video games, listening to music, reading, or performing other activities for long periods of time.
I have difficulty making decisions, or I just don’t care about anything.
I have lost interest in things that used to be important to me.
I neglect my physical hygiene.
I feel sad, blue, and unhappy all the time. I can’t experience joy anymore.
I keep secrets from everybody.
I feel guilty for all the bad things I’ve done, which makes me feel worse.
I get angry easily.
I have trouble completing even simple tasks.
I feel lifeless—more dead than alive.
My family and friends hate me, and I hate them. I even hate myself.
I try to feel better by using drugs, alcohol, sex, cutting, or other harmful activities.
I spend time thinking about HOW I might kill myself or others.
I feel trapped or caught.
I feel depressed, even when good things happen to me.
I engage in reckless behaviors.
I have anxiety.
I cry easily and often.
I feel so alone.