Major depressive disorder is a mood disorder affecting millions of Americans. People with major depressive disorder may develop the condition under different circumstances, but typically experience symptoms of hopelessness, anxiety, decreased energy, sleeping problems, changes in appetite and irritability.  

People who live with this condition may misuse alcohol or drugs to soothe their symptoms, but substance abuse only complicates treatment in most cases. Treatment options exist for this condition and are effective for many people.

Assessing Your Risk of Major Depressive Disorder

If you’re worried that you have major depressive disorder, you’re not alone, and help is available. To get a better idea of whether your symptoms align with those of this condition, take a short, confidential self-assessment. Please know, though, that a quiz is not an official diagnosis. Only a medical professional can diagnose major depressive disorder accurately. An assessment may help you determine if you should seek treatment.