Be proactive about your mental health

Take the quiz, learn the signs

What is the difference between being temporarily "down" and experiencing depression?

While the two can be similar, depression is more severe than sadness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting more than 15 million adults in the United States (~6.7% of the population). It manifests differently in each person and is a serious condition that requires treatment from a mental health professional.

The following questions can help you determine your level of depression. If you notice yourself answering that you frequently experience these feelings, it may be time to talk with a professional who can work with you to find brighter days. Visit our Contact Us page to find a Provident counseling office near you.

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

1. How often do you feel hopeless

How often do you feel you've lost interest in most (or all) of the things and activities that you used to find enjoyable or interesting?

How often do you feel helpless?

How often do you feel down, blue, and/or dejected?

How often do you feel you have a lot to look forward to?

How often do you feel trapped with no options?

How often do you feel you've lost control of your life and future?

How often do you feel overwhelmed?

How often do you feel optimistic?

Are you generally a pessimist?