A classic tool in measuring depression is the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). The BDI takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and has repeatedly been shown to have high validity and high internal consistency.
Are you depressed according to the Beck Depression Inventory? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement below.
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It takes an extra effort to get started at doing something.
The IDRlabs Beck Depression Inventory Test (IDR-DT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-DT is based on the work of Dr. Aaron T. Beck, M.D. and his colleagues, who created the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). The IDR-BDI is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.
The test provides feedback such as the following:
Your answers indicate a moderate degree of depression. Every so often you may experience feelings of sadness, anger, worthlessness, loss, and/or irritation. You may also have decreased interest or pleasure in activities that would normally excite or motivate you. Furthermore, you may also have experienced weight loss or weight gain, sleeping problems, a change in motor activity, and trouble concentrating.
Your answers suggest a severe indication of depression. You may frequently believe that you are worthless and have persistent feelings of emptiness, sadness, anger, irritation, and frustration. Also, you often may have a loss of interest in hobbies you once enjoyed, disturbed sleep patterns, changes in appetite, a loss of energy, unexplained physical problems, and thoughts of death or self-harm.
Your answers suggest an extreme indication of depression. You may strongly believe that you are worthless and have persistent feelings of emptiness, sadness, anger, irritation, and frustration. You may also have a loss of interest in hobbies you once enjoyed, disturbed sleep patterns, changes in appetite, a loss of energy, unexplained physical problems, and thoughts of death or self-harm.
The IDRlabs Depression Test was informed by the BDI’s criteria for depression, as published in American Psychological Association. Beck Depression Inventory; Groth-Marnat, G. (1990). The handbook of psychological assessment (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons; Steer, R. A., Rissmiller, D. J. & Beck, A.T. (2000). Use of the Beck Depression Inventory with depressed geriatric patients. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 38(3), 311-318.
The work of Dr. Beck and his colleagues has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the BDI, for clinical use especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Depression Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.
The Depression Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of the clinical concept of depression. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential condition. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive mental health assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.
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