Apparently, it’s today. I think it’s good that we have a reminder for folks who may be wondering if they have depression, but as Dr. Grohol mentions in his article about it, it’s not like you have to wait and make an appointment with a professional to begin to get some idea of whether you might have depression or should seek help.
But in this day and age of the Internet, I’d argue there’s little need to see a professional just to get a screening for depression. Our online depression screening quiz has been available for nearly 15 years and is a reliable, instant screening tool that you can take from the comfort of your home. Join the over 3 million others who’ve already taken the test, and share it with your friends and loved ones.
And frankly, the diagnosis of depression isn’t rocket science. You can review the symptoms of clinical depression yourself and see if you or a loved one may be at risk for it.
None of these online tools or symptom lists can substitute for a real diagnosis from a trained mental health professional. However, they can act as a quick screening tool to help you understand if this is a concern that you should consider seeking out further help for.
On the other hand, since today is National Depression Screening Day, if you are wondering about yourself, take the quiz, and if you’re wondering about someone you love, check the common symptoms and encourage them to also take the quiz!