Symptom Tests

[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.

Medically reviewed by Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., a member of ADDitude’s ADHD Medical Review Panel.


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; depressive symptoms are 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.

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What To Do Next:

1. Take This Test: Do You Have Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria?
2. Take This Test: Do You Have Emotional Hyperarousal?
3. Read What Is a Mood Disorder? Recognizing and Treating Depression
4. Learn How to Treat Depression
5. Listen to the Free Webinar “The Anxiety & Depression Hiding Within: How to Recognize and Treat Latent Co-Occurring Conditions,” with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
6. Understand How ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression Overlap

Updated on June 18, 2019

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  1. Not even sure where to start. I saw Dr Dodson 5 years ago and for the first time in my life I actually began to see the world outside add. Unfortunately I’ve move to Atlanta and had Avery understanding primary care physician who followed the plan Dr. Dodson had set up for me. Now I had to change to another physician and 1. She. Must. E 30 years younger than me and2. She would not dream of looking at Dodsons report. She wanted me to go to a and seek treatment for depression. Granted I am depressed because I’m not medicated accurately.I have laid in my bed all day with no motivation. On top I have severe ulcerative colitis brought on I’m sure from working 12 to 14 hours a day at a middle school who after 3 years did not ask me to return. I’m 63 years old now unemployed,living with a friend ,and spending what savings I have left. I have no retirement because I spent 30 years working in private schools and running my own tutorial business for Adhd add dyslexia and well you get the picture.

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