If you are thinking of hurting yourself or are suicidal, dial "9-1-1" or 1-800-SUICIDE, text “START” to 741741, or go immediately to your nearest hospital emergency room.
This test is not intended to provide a diagnosis of any physical or mental health condition. It is for informational purposes only and may help indicate that you should seek a mental health evaluation. Although this is a validated test, Families for Depression Awareness has developed and is providing interpretations of the results and links to resources that are relevant to caregivers.
This test is not intended to provide specific medical advice or act as a substitute for professional care. If you or a family member experience symptoms of any illness, or if you have personal questions or concerns, you should consult a qualified health care clinician.
This test is not intended for people under age 18. If you are under 18, you should talk to your parents or guardians about seeing a health care clinician.
0 to 10 - Good
11 to 20 - Less caffeine, more walks
21 to 30 - We would love to hear from you
31 to 40 - Please call us
Look at you! According to how you answered the questions, you are managing your life’s stressors well. As a caregiver, now is a good time to read more about the role you can play in supporting your loved one. For more caregiver strategies, visit our Tips for Caregivers series.
Reflect on your self-care practices and commit to your own wellness. Self-care practices can look different to everyone. Take a look at our “boring” self-care ideas to see how small acts can make a big difference..
If you start to feel your stress level rising, come back and take the test again for more suggestions.
Your answers indicate that you are feeling a moderate amount of stress. We understand! Supporting a loved one who has a mood disorder while taking care of your daily responsibilities is challenging. Now is a good time to establish boundaries, set realistic expectations, build a support system for yourself, and strengthen or establish self-care practices that work for you. Our handbook, Helping Someone Living with Depression or Bipolar Disorder, has great advice to help with all of these.
Stress levels often rise when your loved one is experiencing episodes of depression or mania. If your loved one’s mental health hasn’t been improving or they don’t even acknowledge there is a problem, you should take this opportunity to learn about the Stages of Change. You can also ask them for permission to speak with their mental health provider about your observations. Read Ronnie’s story about his wife’s hard-to-treat depression and how he takes care of himself. If you are parenting a teen, review these stress management strategies.
After you have stated and enforced your boundaries, set your expectations, leaned on your support system, and begun to practice more self-care, come back and take the test again to see if your stress level is lower.
Your answers show that your stress is weighing on you heavily. You may have noticed that your health has suffered in other ways as well, like getting colds more frequently, having headaches or gastrointestinal issues. Take a few deep breaths (they’re proven to be calming!) before reading on.
It seems that it is time to step back from caregiving for a moment to focus on yourself. Have you been feeling depressed lately? Are your relationships more challenging than usual? Do you have a lot of frustration or periods of hopelessness? Take our Depression Test for more insight and results you can share with your healthcare provider.
While you may believe that helping others is your duty, you will not be able to help anyone effectively if you aren’t well yourself. Many caregivers benefit from having their own mental health professional to confide in. Consider these tips for finding a therapist of your own.
You deserve to be in a healthy place while supporting your loved one. We invite you to take this test again once you have taken time for yourself and sought professional support. In the meantime, here are some stress-relief activities that you and your family can try together.
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