Agitated depression is a subtype of major depression characterized by symptoms of restlessness or agitation, in addition to the typical symptoms of depression such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities.
People with agitated depression may have difficulty sitting still, pacing, hand-wringing, or other physical signs of anxiety. They may also have trouble sleeping, and their moods can fluctuate rapidly.
Is this self-assessment for agitated depression accurate?
A screening test for agitated depression is a self-assessment tool used to identify individuals who may have symptoms of agitated depression. The test typically includes a questionnaire that asks questions about your experiences and behavior.
This quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of depression but self-assessment tools have proven to be the first step toward getting a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Only mental health professionals are trained to diagnose mental health disorders, especially depression.
A healthcare professional will administer self-assement to determine if you have agitated depression. If the results show signs of agitation, the professional will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to officially diagnose you and map out the most effective treatment plan.
Do I have agitated depression?
If you are concerned about whether you might have agitated depression then you can ask yourself these questions to yourself and if you agree with most of these questions then you should consult with a mental health professional who may evaluate your symptoms and make a proper and final diagnosis.
- Do I have difficulty sitting still or do I feel the need to pace or fidget?
- Do I have trouble sleeping, or do I wake up feeling more agitated than when I went to bed?
- Do I feel hopeless or helpless, or do I have a negative outlook on the future?
- Do I have little to no interest in activities that I once enjoyed?
- Do I feel sad, empty, or tearful most of the time?
- Do my moods fluctuate rapidly?
- Do I have difficulty concentrating or making decisions?
- Have I noticed changes in my appetite or weight?
- Do I have physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach problems?
- Do I have thoughts of self-harm or suicide?
It is important to remember that self-diagnosis can lead to unnecessary anxiety and stress so it is possible that your symptoms are caused by another condition. Only a licensed mental health professional such as a psychiatrist or psychologist can make a proper diagnosis.