Welcome to our site. Before you go on, we want to tell you that we get the blues too and they suck. But as much as they suck, they can be great teachers and trust me, once we get through them, we’ll be stronger.
A few (hopeful) words about depression
Experiencing depression is a little like finding ourselves in a hole. If the hole is shallow enough, we may be able to climb out by ourselves. We might need a few climbing skills. We call these skills the Habits of Happy People. You can take our free mini-course on these Habits, or track your progress by taking the Skills-based Happiness Quiz.
If the hole is too deep and we don't have the confidence to climb out by ourselves, we may need a ladder (ie pharmaceuticals prescribed by a doctor) and/or we may need someone to climb down and try to pull us out (ie talking with a qualified specialist about the problem). Nevertheless, there’s always an exit route. The only question is, how do you want to get there.
The great news is that we are finding more and more ways to soften or blunt depression and anxiety. For example, regular exercise (it takes a few weeks to work), especially in natural surroundings, works very well for some people. Sharing your feelings with a friend (face to face is way better than texting) can work wonders. And scientists have recently discovered that some probiotic bacteria, which live in your gut but are now endangered species thanks to junk food, may have an antidepressant effect, but it is still early days. Ask your doctor about taking probiotics which contain L. Rhamnosus and B. Longum.
About the test
This depression test is called the PHQ-9. The PHQ-9 is one of the most commonly used depression screening tools in the world. It is used by clinicians and researchers for individual assessment and large-scale reports, including census reports conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The science behind the test
This depression test is based on nine symptoms described in the DSM-IV, the standard diagnostic manual for mental health disorders developed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The PHQ-9 has been found to be a valid and reliable measure of depression. The PHQ-9 was authored by Pfizer Inc.
Before you take the test
Don't be discouraged by a low score. You can change it! Remember, we are still alive and the great thing about being alive is we can take responsibility and change our lives. Before you begin, we would like to ask you a favor. Take a deep breath….
Gather your resolve…
When you’re done, please say, or write down the following sentence. It doesn’t have to be word by word, but try to feel and internalize the following. We’ll tell you why 😉
I want to be happy and I will make myself happy. I may not be happy now, but starting from now, I will learn to live a happier life.
If you can internalize and feel it, congratulations! You have really taken the first step towards self-improvement. Research has shown that when people write down or say out loud a promise to themselves, they are more likely to commit to it, so let’s continue the path to happiness.
Illustration from https://stressteflon.com/dont-give-up-on-me-im-just-in-a-rut/