Test yourself:

The Burns Depression Checklist

Instructions: Use the form below to indicate how much you have experienced each symptom during the past week, including today. At the bottom use the Submit button to see your results.

It's only 25 questions, and you should be able to do it in a few minutes. Go ahead!

This test is taken from the best selling book called Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns. It's a very practical and popular book for treating depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.

Thoughts and Feelings

1. Feeling sad or down in the dumps

2. Feeling unhappy or blue

3. Crying spells or tearfulness

4. Feeling discouraged

5. Feeling hopeless

6. Low self-esteem

7. Feeling worthless or inadequate

8. Guilt or shame

9. Criticizing yourself or blaming others

10. Difficulty making decisions

Activities and Personal Relationships

11. Loss of interest in family, friends or colleagues

12. Loneliness

13. Spending less time with family or friends

14. Loss of motivation

15. Loss of interest in work or other activities

16. Avoiding work or other activities

17. Loss of pleasure or satisfaction in life

Physical Symptoms

18. Feeling tired

19. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

20. Decreased or increased appetite

21. Loss of interest in sex

22. Worrying about your health

Suicidal Urges

23. Do you have any suicidal thoughts?

24. Would you like to end your life?

25. Do you have a plan for harming yourself?

Your results:

Test Results
Total Score Level of Depression
No depression 0-5
Normal but unhappy 6-10
Mild depression 11-25
Moderate depression 26-50
Severe depression 51-75
Extreme depression 76-100