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                                               "For Lifting Souls"

Here are some Bad Tool’s people use to cope with depression.

It is always a light at the end of the Tunnel drugs are a cover up tool, to deal with the pain, I have never use drugs before I just kept the pain inside of me without talking to anyone about what was causing me to feel this way about life, crazy right, certainly not. Drugs will lead you to believe that everything is going to be alright for the moment, but as we here at Mary’s Foundation for Lifting Souls learned over the years, is that expressing your feelings by talking to others that have been where you are, is so much rewarding because you are able to see much clearer when others can relate to you.

Depression self-assessment tool

 

This self-assessment isn’t designed to diagnose depression — only a physician or mental health professional can do that. But if you think you may be depressed, take the assessment and share the results with your doctor. Keep in mind that the tool is intended for adults 18 years and older.

 

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

 

Little interest or pleasure in doing things?

  • Not at all
  • Several days
  • More than half the days
  • Nearly every day

 

Feeling down, depressed or hopeless?

  • Not at all
  • Several days
  • More than half the days
  • Nearly every day

 

Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?

  • Not at all
  • Several days
  • More than half the days
  • Nearly every day

 

Feeling tired or having little energy?

  • Not at all
  • Several days
  • More than half the days
  • Nearly every day

 

Poor appetite or overeating?

  • Not at all
  • Several days
  • More than half the days
  • Nearly every day

 

Feeling bad about yourself—or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?

  • Not at all
  • Several days
  • More than half the days
  • Nearly every day

 

Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?

  • Not at all
  • Several days
  • More than half the days
  • Nearly every day

 

Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed? Or the opposite—being so figidty or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual?

  • Not at all
  • Several days
  • More than half the days
  • Nearly every day

 

Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way.

  • Not at all
  • Several days
  • More than half the days
  • Nearly every day

Credits: Developed by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. Accessed Jan. 5, 2011. Adapted by Kaiser Permanente.

 

 

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