Depression Test – Do I Have Depression?

It’s not the easiest thing in the world to diagnose, after all, we all feel down from time to time. Especially after we suffer a loss of some kind. So what makes the difference between having ‘the blues’ and having depression? In this article we’ll explore the line between these two mood states.

Although it can be difficult to differentiate, the one main difference between these two mood states is that depression lasts longer and can lead to a significant loss of interest in life activities that the person used to find interesting or enjoyable. Symptoms can also include (but are not limited to);

Excessive fatigue, sadness and crying for no reason, pain in the body, trouble sleeping, excessive negative thought patterns, a feeling of pessimism, avoidance of physical activity or exercise, overeating or under-eating and weight gain/loss, excessive anger, moodiness, frustration and sometimes thoughts of self harm or planning to self harm.

This article includes a short, simple depression test below;

Place a number 1-4 next to the questions 1 – 18. Here is the key;

1 = Not at all 2 = Some of the time 3 = Most of the time 4 = All of the timeĀ 

1. I do things more slowly than usual.

2. My future seems completely hopeless.

3. It is difficult for me to concentrate on reading or other activities.

4. All of the pleasure and joy has disappeared from my life.

5. I have great difficulty in making decisions.

6. I have lost interest in activities/things that used to be important to me.

7. I feel sad.

8. I feel agitated and can’t sit still.

9. I feel fatigued.

10. I have to use much effort to even do simple things.

11. I feel that I am a bad person and I deserve to be punished. I feel guilty.

12. I feel as though I am a failure

13. My vitality is gone.

14. I have trouble sleeping.

15. I think about how to kill myself.

16. I feel as though I am trapped.

17. Even when good things happen to me I feel depressed.

18. I have lost or gained weight for no obvious reason.

Now add up the numbers. The higher the score the more likely it is that you may be suffering from depression.

Another depression test is that old faithful; you intuition or ‘gut feeling’. In other words if you really suspect that you might have depression and you have felt this way of some time then it is more possible.

Many doctors will tell you that depression is an illness that must be treated with medication, although there are a number of other viewpoints on this. Personally when I went through depression I was reluctant to take medication and sought out alternative, natural methods. These worked well for me and has worked for countless others also. Whether or not you try medication or more natural methods is of course completely your call.

Once you have completed a depression test and found that you might be suffering you may wish to speak to a therapist, psychologist or counselor for some further assistance and treatment options.

One fresh approach that has been getting great results is called the ‘mindfulness and acceptance approach. ‘ Having been through depression myself, I am a strong believer in this and have based my website and educational products on these techniques.

Whatever path you choose, it’s good to bear in mind that things are never hopeless. Thousands upon thousands have recovered from even deep depression and therein lies the proof that it is very possible to overcome.

For further information on overcoming depression visit: www.depression-help-fast.org

What Is Depression? Depression Therapy Based on Dream Translation

 Depression  is a horrible feeling of sadness and impotence. Your heart becomes heavy; you are so sad that you cannot even breathe.  Depression  becomes a mental illness when not treated. However, in the beginning it is an obvious consequence of the way you live.

You make many mistakes, and your world is a living hell ruled by terror and violence. You may try to ignore the horrors of the world, but your indifference cannot help you avoid feeling depressed for living in such world.

 Depression  becomes a mental illness when you don’t understand why you are depressed, or when you accept absurd solutions for your problems.

When you are desperately trying to find a way out of your despair and you accept absurd solutions, you become a slave of your anti-conscience; the wild side of your conscience. Without understanding how, you start doing only what causes suffering, and you cannot find peace. This is why  depression  is very dangerous. It can very easily lead you to worse mental illnesses.

Dream translation is the best natural  depression  treatment you can find because your doctor is the wise unconscious mind that produces your dreams. The unconscious mind is the voice of divine providence. The unconscious wisdom will enlighten you, and help you find balance.

Your  depression  will disappear thanks to the knowledge you’ll acquire for translating your dreams and understanding the wise unconscious lessons. You will also transform your personality and learn how to do what will improve your life.

The unconscious mind gives you lessons in dreams by giving you examples. For example, you may have a dream in which you are living in another place, with different people. This means that you are studying parts of your personality you were not aware of. The fact that you are not at home but living somewhere else, indicates that you have abandoned your refuge, which is the known region of your psyche, and you are learning many things you didn’t want to understand before.

This simple dream image is already reflecting your progress. As you study the meaning of your dreams, you discover that there are many other components of your personality you ignore.

After having this vision, your attitude will change. You may discover that you are aggressive because you are always afraid of everyone. You can only feel depressed when you have many conflicts in your social life.

You may be neglecting many details in your life, while believing that you are a sensible person. If you act without thinking, you may be doing what your anti-conscience desires, instead of doing what your human conscience believes that is better for you. This situation will cause  depression  and anxiety. However, you cannot understand what is happening to you.

This is why you need the vision given by dream translation according to the scientific method. The unconscious mind that produces your dreams is an excellent doctor.

I can translate your dreams for you in the beginning, and help you immediately solve your worst problems. Later you will study my dynamic method of instant dream translation, derived from Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation and have this knowledge forever.

Many people prefer submitting their dreams for a professional dream translation and immediately understand what to do in order to stop suffering. They have no conditions to study the dream language. If your  depression  is too unbearable, you need the help of a professional dream translator, so that you may acquire the courage you need to continue your battle in life.

I can instantly translate the meaning of the dream language made by images and help you immediately find support. Translating the dream language to words you can understand is like a translating languages made only by words, like translating English to French.

After my translations you receive free psychotherapy forever. This means that I will answer all your questions and really help you solve your problems thanks to the knowledge you’ll acquire after learning the unconscious words in your dreams. We will exchange many email messages, until you feel that you really found the solutions you were looking for.

This part of my work has a religious meaning. I feel that I have the moral obligation to help you solve your problems, even if you are not a good patient.

For example, if you are like one of my patients who had numerous nightmares every night and sent me a message because he was desperate, you may hardly find support through dream translation. This patient was lazy because he was paralyzed by fear. He didn’t want to follow the unconscious guidance. He kept doing what was bad for him, without working on changing his behavior.

He was constantly depressed. He was accepting his mental illness and trying to live with it, instead of trying to eliminate it. Mental illnesses are poisonous disorders that must be immediately eliminated.

I’m still giving him my free support after translating his first dreams. I don’t need to translate more dreams for him; I already understood his main problems. He is a young man, who could be my son. I won’t let him have nightmares forever. However, I depend on his cooperation. He still refuses to obey the guidance given by the unconscious mind in his dreams.

This is a serious problem. When the patient doesn’t cooperate with his psychotherapy, and he insists on repeating the same mistakes, there is no way he may find salvation.

However, I’m persistent. I never abandon my patients because my work is not only scientific. I’m not merely a doctor who has the obligation to care about the mental health of my patients until certain point. I’m also a nun, even though I live among the worst sinners of this world, as if I was a common person.

The first, scientific part of my work, is very simple, even though it takes time and concentration. I simply exchange images with words. Now that I discovered the meaning of many dream symbols, after nineteen years of research, and after curing numerous people through dream therapy, translating the meaning of dreams is a very simple practice for me, and for many of my students.

However, when my students are as lazy as the young man who keeps having nightmares, they cannot learn the dream language, they don’t do what is necessary to change their behavior, and they remain in a sad situation.

I don’t abandon anyone. The religious part of my work doesn’t let me abandon the desperate people who were seeking help and trusted my work. After five months of explanations and lessons, my lazy patient finally started having a few positive dreams. However, he still has nightmares because he keeps doing the same things, without doing anything to change his behavior.

He theoretically understood that he must change his behavior. This is why he had a few positive dreams. However, he also has to take action. Only by understanding that he cannot keep repeating the same mistakes and expect to improve his life, he didn’t solve his problems.

Of course, he had to finally understand that his attitude was negative. The fact that he recognized that he has to stop repeating the same mistakes was very important. It was a great victory in fact. He kept telling me that ‘there was no other way’; this was why he kept repeating the same mistakes. Everything was impossible for him.

His  depression  has already disappeared because he feels supported, and he understood his mistakes. However, he still must stop being afraid to do many of the things he has to. They are necessary so that he may have a balanced life.

I’m sure that some day this patient will become a wise human being who will help our world become a better place with his wisdom. He is learning his lessons, even though everything is very complicated for him. He had terrible traumatic experiences during his childhood. He is lazy because he is afraid to live.

Fortunately, I also have excellent patients and students, who have easily learned the dream language. I also have many patients who sent me only one dream for translation. They understood the meaning of the unconscious messages in their dreams and immediately stopped making the mistakes that were generating their suffering. Each case is different. Difficult cases need time. Simple cases are easily cured.

The support you find by trusting the scientific method of dream interpretation is the support you find when you trust God’s wisdom. Only for being able to understand the saintly guidance of the divine unconscious mind in your own dreams, you will already start feeling better.

Depression – Am I Crazy?

Let’s talk about happiness. Most of us want to be happy, all the time, no matter what is going on around us! It’s plain and simple. But, being happy, how do you do that, get there, be that?

Maybe happy is not really what you are looking for. After all, happy is just like any other emotion… it comes and it goes. Perhaps what you seek is the ability to feel joy. Not just alive and surviving, but energized, excited, and living the life of your dreams. Imagine feeling joy beyond your wildest dreams as you live in your body, glad to be you, putting energy into your life’s work, and creating stimulating experiences. Joy also means accepting your human emotions, experiencing the ups and downs of life, while learning to breathe and let things pass in their own time.

So how do we gain this feeling of joy? As paradoxical as it may sound, perhaps for some of us the path to joy leads us first through  depression .

What does  depression  look like?

Let’s imagine we have a friend named Jane. Lately Jane just doesn’t feel like herself. She lacks energy and doesn’t have enthusiasm for much of anything. Jane lies around a lot, feeling empty and not sure which way to go. Decisions seem overwhelming. She often cries although nothing in specific is wrong. Jane feels shame, wonders what is wrong with her, and thinks she must by crazy. Everyday she asks herself, “why do I feel this way?” and “why can’t I make this go away?” She musters up enough energy to make it through the day and creates a happy facade so people will not see the pain she is in. Jane is depressed.

 Depression  is not the same thing as feeling sad, blue, or down. Most of us have our ups and downs, our good days and bad. Everyday events, and our reactions to them, sometimes interfere with our peace of mind. Some unhappiness, the blues, or an occasional low mood is common when disappointed. This sadness is all part of life.

In contrast,  depression  affects the entire body, not just the mind. It can lead to an imbalance in the delicate chemistry of your brain and affect your emotions, feelings, thoughts, behaviors, physical functioning, and health. It can also affect the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you see the world. With  depression , the misery can be so great, and persist for so many weeks without relief, that a person may begin to think that life is not worth living anymore.

Symptoms of  Depression 

o Depressed mood for most of the day

o Persistent sad or “empty” feelings

o Loss of appetite or loss of weight

o Eating more than usual and gaining weight

o Trouble sleeping, insomnia, or oversleeping

o Anxiety

o Feeling tired all the time or finding everything is an effort

o Not caring anymore about work, hobbies, friends, or sexual activity

o Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly, or indecisiveness

o Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism

o Feelings of worthlessness

o Excessive or inappropriate guilt

o Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

Other problems people experience during a clinical  depression  may include:

o Frequently feeling on the verge of tears

o Waking up early in the morning, with difficulty returning to sleep

o Feeling worse in the morning

o Feeling anxious or irritable

o A gloomy view of the future

o Physical pain or headaches

o Cravings for certain foods

Overcoming  depression  is extremely challenging and not something that happens overnight. But overcoming  depression  is do-able. It is entirely possible to move beyond the dread and sadness of each day and reclaim a peaceful, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Below are some enlightening insights that will help you view  depression  from a higher perspective and some tips that will help you through your journey.

Accepting  Depression 

If you are struggling with  depression , you may have tried countless therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, energy healers, self-help books, and programs. You may have practiced the power of positive thinking, studied the law of attraction, practiced meditation, or looked into religion for you answers. Through all these strategies, you have been at war with your  depression , doing everything within your power to get rid of it. Pharmaceutical companies convince us that  depression  is an illness caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals. If we simply take medication, we can quickly get back to feeling better again. If only the answer were so simple. Perhaps there is a gift beyond  depression  that can only unfold if you dare to first accept your experience as important and valuable instead of trying so hard to make it disappear.

 Depression  and Personal Growth

An easy start to shifting  depression  is to entertain the idea that  depression  is not dysfunctional, not a mental illness, but instead deeply meaningful. Consider that  depression  may be a naturally arising expression on your journey of evolutionary growth. Yes,  depression  is dark, and a time of misery and suffering. Yet, it also a time when we ask deeply personal questions:

Who am I?

Why am I alive?

What does it mean to be me?

What makes my life worthwhile?

Should I continue to live?

Why should I continue to live?

Is  depression  really something that we should avoid, or an illness that we should ‘cure’ with drug therapy alone? Should our profound questions be pushed down into silence with medication and drug therapy?

The distress you feel is real, the suffering immensely painful, and there is a very real risk of ending your own life. However, what if you are in emotional suffering but yet not ill? When you look inside, do you really believe, on a soul level, that your pain is simply due to a chemical imbalance – or might there also be a meaningful spiritual component to your journey through  depression ?

Why Does  Depression  Occur?

 Depression  often occurs when we are at the edge of personal and spiritual growth. In some ways,  depression  can be compared to a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. You once lived life as a caterpillar and everything was fine. Then it was time to change and become something new. During this transition, you offer yourself an opportunity to throw off old heavy energies, outdated perceptions about life, self-doubt, and self-limiting beliefs. It’s a time when we entertain a spiritual desire to be more than we were in the past. We wish to be more alive, more self-confident, and more authentically engaged in life. During  depression  you are going through an expansion process, an unfolding, a readiness to release certain agreements you made in the past.

 Depression , however, is the middle ground between here and there. Old tried and true ways of living are now outdated and limiting. They create stress, emptiness, avoidance of being in touch with your own authenticity, and narrow ways of dealing with life’s challenges. On the one hand you are ready to come out of your cocoon and adopt new ways of being true to self, but on the other hand your logical mind tells you that you are already doing the best you can and no other alternatives are possible.

 Depression , and thoughts of suicide, happen when we are in turmoil, caught between the end of an old way of living and a terrifying desire to live in a new way. In this transition, we cannot feel the joy of being alive. Internal anxiety rises and there is nothing we can do to run or hide from the conscious realization that we feel alone. We feel lethargic, powerless, and trapped. It seems as if the pain exceeds our capacity to deal with it.

One Step Forward

If you have feelings of  depression , you have those feelings for a reason. Accept that your  depression  is real, that you feel miserable, and that you are questioning whether you choose to continue living in the same way that you have always lived. Remind yourself that there is no mandate that you must be happy and content. Even though you would rather not be experiencing this part of life, it’s okay. You may eventually discover that your  depression  was more profoundly necessary that you can yet consciously imagine.  Depression  deals with a deeper relationship issue of becoming more true to self, the transformation of your physical body to become more alive, and a deeper connection to your spirit.

 Depression  Runs Its Course

If you are depressed, it is natural to want the pain to end. However, consider the idea that perhaps your pain is necessary. You feel the heartache, the loneliness, the despair of your life. For a while, perhaps your pain needs to run its course. It may just be a natural outcome of wanting to evolve and live your life differently, but at the same time being terrified, uncertain, and grieving for what you must let go in order to move forward.

At some point during your  depression  you will arrive at a decision making point. You can decide to release certain beliefs, adopt new ways of believing, and move forward with the new experiences your life will bring. Alternatively, you could decide to remain in your suffering for a long time. A third choice exists and that is to end your life as a way of ending the painful conflict. There is no right choice to make. It is your life and you must choose what feels right for you, not only in your mind and emotions, but also in your heart and soul.

Do You Choose Life?

During your time of  depression , you are considering whether you choose to take the next step in your evolution. Do you decide to let go of self-doubt, move beyond the limitations of your former beliefs, and bring new balance to your mind, body, and spirit? Do you consciously choose to be alive in a new way? If so, for what purpose and meaning? When you accept that your  depression  is a time of change and release, you can begin to see that you are asking yourself to live in a new way. You are making a choice to release formerly held beliefs and discover what lies beyond those beliefs. Offer yourself compassion as you see that heading off into unknown territory is frightening.

Breathe

What to do if you are depressed? Breathe. If you can accept that your  depression  has deep personal meaning, if you can accept the experience in which you find yourself, and if you make the conscious decision to remain alive, then the best therapy is to consciously breathe.

You don’t need any fancy breathing techniques. Just breathe more deeply than you are right now. Breathing helps move the heaviness of  depression . Breathe with intention to fill up with life. You already know that  depression  does not hold much light, not much energy. Breathing will arouse energy. You can’t just wait for energy to flow into you. You must decide to choose life, breath, and energy. If you can, get up and go for a walk outside. Get some fresh air and sunshine. Breathe. If you just arouse a little bit of energy, it will help you to generate a bit more energy, and that uplifts you and gets you moving one more step further out of the  depression .

 Depression  involves the very real emotional despair of living day to day with real hopelessness. There is no one right way through  depression . Your life is very important, including those times when you are in transition or depressed. Use the ideas above to help support yourself as you choose to bring new meaning into your life.