[Self-Test] Depression in Adults
Impacting roughly 14.8 million adults each year, depression is an extremely common, and serious mood disorder. Here, you’ll learn how the symptoms of major depressive disorder may present for adults.
Reviewed by Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
If you have depression, you feel sad most of the day, for weeks at a time. Your sadness affects your performance at work, relationships with your friends and family, and even the things you used to love.
Depression accounts for nearly $12 billion in lost workdays each year in America. Women are more likely to be diagnosed with major depression than are men, but that doesn’t mean it’s not equally likely in both genders. It is a serious illness that requires swift diagnosis and treatment; depression is a leading cause of suicide among adults.
Depression overlaps with ADHD in two distinct ways: as a separate, unique condition occurring on its own, and as a secondary condition triggered by the frustrations of living with ADHD.
Adapted from the Goldberg Depression Inventory (c. 1993). Not a diagnostic tool. If you have concerns about possible depression see a mental health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. Self-Test for personal use only.