Hamilton Depression Scale


The last time tsg took a test like this, she scored a 17, or mild depression.  A year before that, she scored something higher that put her in moderate depression. If she had known about it to take it a year before that, it would have been severe depression.

Posting this today because tsg is going off her Zoloft, and she and Master want to monitor her moods, etc.  tsg went into a sort of zombie state last Sunday, forgot to take her pill, mindlessly started cleaning, packing away, and throwing out stuff, and may well have thrown out/hid on herself her last bottle of Zoloft.  she didn’t really realize how many days she had missed until she had a mini break down Friday (she is certain it was actually withdrawal symptoms, and not the return of depression) and couldn’t find that missing bottle.  The next day, she felt wonderful again, mostly, she thinks, because of the comfort Master had given her 🙂  and hopefully because she was on the better side of withdrawal.

So, here is tsg’s current test answers and results  🙂  🙂  🙂   she plans to take this on a regular basis for now, just to keep tabs on herself. tsg’s answers are in red, because this editing program is uncooperative :p

Hamilton Depression Scale

1. DEPRESSED MOOD
(Gloomy attitude, pessimism about the future, feeling of sadness, tendency to weep, low morale, misery, discouragement, hopelessness, emptiness, unhappiness, distress, pessimism)

None of the above
Some of the above feelings are present but I express them only when I’m asked
Most of the above feelings are present and I express them without asking
Feelings are strong, everything is on my face I cry very frequently
I’m lost in these feelings all the time

2. FEELINGS OF GUILT

I’m not guilty
I have got self-reproach and feelings of letting people down
I’m guilty
I’m guilty and my illness and depression are the punishments for my past deeds
I’m so guilty. I hear threatening and accusatory voices, etc.

3. SUICIDE

I never think about suicide
I feel life is not worth living
I wish I were dead
I used to think about suicide, maybe I’ll try it…
I’ve already attempted to commit suicide

4. INSOMNIA EARLY

I have no difficulty falling asleep
Sometimes it is not easy falling asleep (takes more than half an hour)
I have difficulty falling asleep every night

5. INSOMNIA MIDDLE

I sleep well
I’m restless and disturbed during the night
I wake up in the middle of the night

6. INSOMNIA LATE

I sleep well
I frequently wake up early morning but usually go back to sleep
I wake up early and I’m unable to get back to sleep; get up early in the morning

7. WORK AND ACTIVITIES

I have no difficulty
I think and feel that I’m not capable of working, and I get tired soon
I’ve lost interest in my previous activities and hobbies; I’m listless and feel like it takes a huge effort to work or perform activities
The actual time, I spent working or in activities, and also my productivity decreased significantly
I’m no longer capable of working or social activities

8. RETARDATION: PSYCHOMOTOR
(slowness of thought or speech, impaired concentration, decreased motor activity)

My speech and thoughts are normal
There is a slight retardation in both of them
There is a pronounced retardation in both of them
I have severe difficulties in my speech, I can’t concentrate
If you can read this text than do not tick this button

9. AGITATION
(a stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquility; disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical excitement)

I’m not agitated
I used to fidget
I used to play with my hands, hair, etc
I always move about, I can’t sit still
I wring my hands or bite my nail or pull my hair or bite my lips, I’m on the run

10. ANXIETY: PSYCHOLOGICAL
(subjective tension and irritability, loss of concentration, worrying about minor matters, apprehension, fears expressed without questioning, feelings of panic, feeling jumpy)

Nothing special
I have a tension and I’m irritable
I’m worrying about minor issues
I’m anxious and fearful, I think something bad will happen
I’m in terror

11. ANXIETY: SOMATIC
(gastrointestinal: dry mouth, wind, indigestion, diarrhea, cramps, belching; cardiovascular: palpations, headaches; respiratory: hyperventilation, sighing; frequent urination; sweating; giddiness, blurred vision; tinnitus; muscle pain)

Nothing special
Some of the above are present but they are mild
Some of the above are present and they are moderate
Most of the above symptoms are present and they are severe
Most of the above symptoms are present and I’m totally blocked by them

12. SOMATIC SYMPTOMS: GASTROINTESTINAL

None
I’ve lost my appetite but I eat anyway
I’ve difficulty eating without urging from others, I need laxatives or medication for my GI symptoms

13. SOMATIC SYMPTOMS: GENERAL

None
I have some heaviness in my limbs, back or head; backaches, headaches, muscle aches, loss of energy, tiredness
I have clear-cut (pronounced and strong) symptoms

14. GENITAL SYMPTOMS
(loss of libido, impaired sexual performance, menstrual disturbances)

None
I have some problems with the above
I have severe symptoms

15. HYPOCHONDRIASIS
(Abnormal anxiety about your health; an unwanted fear that you have a serious illness)

Nothing special
I spend a considerable time with my physical symptoms
I’m frequently worrying about my health
I’m convinced that I’ve got a serious illness
I’m very sick, I’m absolutely convinced that I’ve got some lethal illnesses

16. LOSS OF WEIGHT
(Nowadays)

None
Probably my weight has decreased
Definite weight loss

17. INSIGHT

I’m not depressed (I ticked almost the first button) OR I know that I’m depressed and I have a lot of symptoms
Yes, I’m depressed but it is caused by bad food, overwork, climate, etc
I swear, I’m not ill

Your Score: 5

Evaluation: You are a normal person regarding depression. Your score is within the normal range. There is no need for further evaluation.

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