How do you know if this is normal, a temporary dip or if you're depressed and need professional help? Take this quiz to find out. Iin the morning when you wake up you: a) Wish you didn't have to get up and go to work and could just hide away under the duvet. b) Decide on a regular basis that you are going to hibernate and take the day off. c) Stay in bed in your pyjamas, sleeping the day away. d) Get out of bed without too much difficulty. 2 When you think about eating you: a) Feel a lack of appetite and have no desire to eat. b) Start eating and feel like you can't stop. c) Might decide to have a snack, but only if you feel hungry. d) Know that you have to control your appetite so that you don't put on weight. 3 When you go grocery shopping you usually: a) Write a list and take it to the shops with you. b) Write a list, but forget it at home and are then unable to remember what was on it. c) Remember the things you made a mental note of. d) Make a mental note of things and hit a blank when you are in the shop. 4 Your boss asks you a question in a meeting and you: a) Stammer out an answer because you were not following the discussion properly. b) Answer without difficulty. c) Don't even hear the question because you aren't concentrating. 5 Your passion in life, be it paraglidlng, painting or palaeontology: a) Just doesn't do it for you any more. You have moved on to other things which you find far more interesting. b) Has evaporated. You can't be bothered to do it. Or anything else for that matter. c) Still grabs you as much as ever. d) Allows you to experience only moments of pleasure. 6 Sleep is something: a) You enjoy as much as ever. b) You would love to experience. You've tried counting sheep, counting backwards from a zillion, having a calming drink, but you still lie there for hours tossing and turning before you go to sleep. c) Which doesn't last long enough. You seem to wake before the sparrow with sickening regularity and are unable to get back to sleep. d) which eludes you about once a month, when you toss and turn for a couple of hours. 7 You feel: a) Depressed most days and have been feeling like this for at least the last couple of weeks, it is interfering with your ability to perform at work and/or enjoy your social life. b) You haven't noticed a change in your general mood over the past month or so. You feel happy/ contented on most days and a bit down only very occasionally. c) Depressed and have been for more than two years, but you can still function adequately at work. d) irritable and frustrated on a daily basis, when you used to be able to take everything in your stride. 8 others have commented that you: a) Have ants in your pants lately. You just can't sit still. b) Seem to lack energy and are doing things slowly and with effort. c) Are looking well. d) Look tired. 9 You feel that things are hopeless: a) Most of the time. b) Only very occasionally. Generally you feel a sense of hope and possibility for the future. c) More accurately, you feel that you are worthless. d) At times, but you have lost some confidence in yourself and your self-esteem is lower. You can relate being down to: a) A specific recent loss (through death, divorce, for example). b) Nothing in particular; you just feel depressed most of the time. c) Nothing. You don't feel depressed at all. d) A specific loss which occurred more than a year ago. See page 175 for your score. Completing this quiz is not a substitute for receiving a diagnosis from a registered medical practitioner. There are many different symptoms of depression, only some of which are covered here. There are also reasons why you may think you are depressed and not be, or vice versa. If you or someone close to you thinks you may be depressed, consult a medical practitioner for a diagnosis and treatment. If you have recently experienced a major loss (such as job loss, divorce or death) your symptoms may be grief- rather than depression-related, if you are pregnant or have recently given birth and suspect that you may be depressed, contact your medical practitioner for advice. South African Depression & Anxiety Group (SADAG) For comprehensive advice and assistance, including over 100 support groups across the country, call (011) 262 6396 or the suicide helpline 0800 567 567, or visit www.sadag.co.za. Post-natal Depression support Association (PNDSA) For information, advice and support for depression during pregnancy and post-natal depression, call (021) 797 4498 or 082 882 0072 or visit www.pndsa.org.za.