People often confuse sadness with depression. For example, not getting a job you applied for or going through a failed relationship can cause an extended period of grief. However, depression is a chronic mental health disorder characterized by consistent feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed.

The development of co-occurring disorders is sometimes a result of depression going unaddressed, so it’s important to seek treatment for depression. The first step toward seeking treatment is to recognize if your symptoms could be depressive symptoms.

Assessing Your Risk of Clinical Depression

These confidential quizzes can help you evaluate your symptoms and help you recognize if you have symptoms of a mental health disorder. Please note that these self-assessments are not a substitute for an official, clinical diagnosis. Only a medical professional can diagnose you with a mental health disorder like depression. To determine if you need depression treatment, discuss your results with a mental health professional.