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When You Suspect You Have Depression - Interactive Online Test

Jun 6, 2008
You doctor, if he or she is like most others, will be very wary of your using an online depression test to self diagnose, and for good reason. These types of tests can of course be very useful, but not if they are done instead of seeing your doctor! So by all means use them, but do realise that your symptoms may be because of medical reasons, or even because of other psychological conditions.

The gold standard for depression testing used to be the Beck Depression Inventory, named after Aaron T Beck, developer of cognitive behavior therapy, a therapy that is now under attack with claims it is no more effective than placebo.

A BETTER TEST FOR DEPRESSION

These days we have the Lifeworks Joy Inventory, developed by The Lifeworks Group Pty Ltd in Perth, Western Australia. It's a very accurate test, and a side benefit is that it's positively oriented, so that the act of taking the test begins to prepare the client to move forward.

The accuracy of the Lifeworks Joy Inventory has been thoroughly tested and mirrors results from other similar depression measurement techniques (such as the MADRS and the client's own SUDS).

A real advantage of using the Lifeworks Joy Inventory is that it was developed as a gift to the field of mental health and there is a commitment to continue providing it completely free of charge.

You can find a link below in order to grab a copy of the test, and or even take the test online.

As explained in the test results, extremes can also be a cause for concern and also need the attention of a doctor and/or psychologist. Whilst a low extreme could be depression, it may also suggest other health problems. A high extreme could indicate an unhealthy denial of life's normal ups and downs.

WHEN YOU'VE GOT YOUR TEST RESULT

Even if your test results appear to be "normal", if you still suspect that you may be depressed, you should certainly still see your doctor because it's neither normal nor healthy to feel that life is significantly unsatisfying. Your doctor will do a thorough physical examination and ask a host of questions about your lifestyle etc to determine if there's any medical problem.

With a correct diagnosis, whether that's depression or some other problem, you can then be confident of starting a program that's going to be effective for you.

Please don't believe any health professional or web site which tells you that depression in incurable, or takes a long time to cure, or that you'll have to learn to live with it. All of those opinions have been well and truly discredited thanks to Australian research which shows depression can usually be completely cured within days and without drugs.

Effective treatment must always involve careful investigation and moderation of 17 lifestyle factors that are known to cause depression or aid in the development of depression, and also the elimination of unconscious thinking patterns (thoughts and feelings) which serve to damp down normal brain function.

If you're eating food that sustains you properly, if you're getting out and about and engaging with people whom you like and respect, if you're active through the day, sleeping well at night, contented in your relationships, and moving toward goals that are meaningful for you, then you can say goodbye to depression and hello to a rich and satifying life. That is the goal of therapy.
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You might like to check the online, interactive test for depression and receive your results and the meaning of your score range instantly. Make sure you pick up your free copy of the book "17 Solutions" once you've finished your depression test.
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