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Sometimes we have a tough day and that's okay. But having a tough month, or a tough year, can be a sign of something more serious. Here you can do a self-test to see if you have symptoms that may need treatment.

Summary of scores

Scores indicate different levels of depression:

  • 0-4 points: no/minimal depression
  • 5-9 points: Mild depression
  • 10-14 points: Moderate depression
  • 15-19 points: Moderate depression
  • 20-27 points: Severe depression

This is a self-assessment test and does not replace a professional assessment. If you have symptoms of depression, you should consider seeking more support. We at Lavendla have psychologists and therapists who can help, and together we will find a way forward.

If you feel very bad and have suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself, contact 112 or call the emergency psychiatric service.

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12 frequently asked questions about depression

What is depression?

Depression is a mental illness that affects your mood, thoughts and behavior. Symptoms vary but often include sadness, fatigue and lack of interest in activities.

What are the most common symptoms of depression?

The most common symptoms include persistent sadness, lack of energy, sleep problems and a reduced appetite. Consultation with a psychologist or therapist can help make a diagnosis.

How is depression diagnosed?

Diagnosing depression is usually done through interviews and questionnaires that assess your mental well-being. Sometimes blood tests may also be taken to rule out other medical causes.

Are there different types of depression?

Yes, there are several types, including chronic depression, seasonal depression and bipolar disorder. Each type has its own specific treatment methods and symptoms.

How is depression treated?

Treatment options vary but often include a combination of medication, therapy and lifestyle changes. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of psychological treatment.

How long does depression treatment last?

The length of treatment can vary depending on the severity and individual needs. Some people can experience relief within a few weeks, while others need long-term treatment.

Is depression hereditary?

Genetics can play a role in depression, but it is usually a combination of several factors such as life events and personal circumstances that contribute to the illness.

Can exercise help with depression?

Yes, regular physical activity has been shown to improve mood and mental health. But it should not replace professional care and medication.

What are the risk factors for depression?

Stress, trauma, and personal adversity are common risk factors. Other medical conditions such as heart problems or diabetes can also increase the risk of depression.

Is depression more common in men or women?

Depression is more common in women, but men are less likely to seek help. Symptoms may also differ between the sexes.

How does depression affect relationships?

Depression can make it difficult to maintain healthy relationships and can lead to social isolation. Couples therapy or family counseling can be helpful.

Where can I get help?

If you experience symptoms of depression, it is important to seek professional help. Our psychologists and therapists are available for online or face-to-face sessions and can help you make the hard part easier.

Steps to manage and regulate depression through therapy

Seeking help for depression is a big step, and it’s normal to feel uncertain or tense about the upcoming process. Deciding to take control of your mental health is a positive thing. Here is an overview of the steps usually included in therapy to manage and regulate depression.

Step 1: Diagnostic evaluation

What this means: The first meeting with your psychologist or therapist is usually a diagnostic evaluation where you review your mental and physical health.
What to expect: Expect questions about your life situation, feelings, thought patterns, and behaviors.

Step 2: Goal setting

What it means: Here you and your therapist set specific goals for therapy.
What to expect: Discussion about which areas of your life are most affected by your depression and how you would like to change them.

Step 3: Choosing a form of therapy

What it means: Depending on your situation and goals, different forms of therapy may be more or less appropriate.
What to expect: Your therapist will recommend a form of therapy, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) or psychodynamic therapy.

Step 4: Treatment

What it means: This begins the actual treatment phase, where you start working towards the goals you’ve set.
What to expect: Talk therapy, exercises, and perhaps homework assignments aimed at giving you tools to manage and regulate your depression.

Step 5: Follow-up and evaluation

What it means: After a certain period of time, a follow-up is done to see how well the therapy is working.
What to expect: If necessary, the treatment plan can be adjusted or renewed.

Step 6: Closing and looking ahead

What it means: As therapy comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on progress and plan for the future.
What to expect: Talk about how you can use the tools and strategies you’ve learned going forward in life.

If you or someone close to you is seeking professional help for depression, do not hesitate to book a session with one of our qualified psychologists or therapists.

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Written by Ellen Lindgren

Licensed psychologist

Ellen is a licensed psychologist and has experience mainly in clinical psychology where she has worked with various conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, crises and trauma in primary care and psychiatry. She has also worked with research while studying in the US and with affective disorders and insomnia at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.