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Check Point

This is the “Emotional Flu Check Point”
The “flu” is getting more prevalent. Please check your emotional health here!

For the following 20 items, please pick the option that best describes how you have felt over the past week:


0 = Rarely or none of the time (<1 day)

1 = Some or a little of the time (1-2 days)

2 = Occasionally or a moderate amount of the time (3-4 days)

3 = Most or all of the time (5-7 days)

1 I was bothered by things that usually don’t bother me.
2 I did not feel like eating; my appetite was poor.
3 I felt that I could not shake off the blues even with the help from my family and friends.
4 I felt that I was not as good as other people.
5 I had trouble keeping my mind on what I was doing.
6 I felt depressed.
7 I felt that everything I did was an effort.
8 I felt hopeless about the future.
9 I thought my life had been a failure.
10 I felt fearful.
11 My sleep was restless.
12 I was unhappy.
13 I talked less than usual.
14 I felt lonely.
15 People were unfriendly.
16 I did not enjoy life.
17 I had crying spells.
18 I felt sad.
19 I felt that people disliked me.
20 I could not “get going”.
Total : ______
Score indicates
< 15 The test does not indicate that you are depressed. But if particular symptoms persist, further assessment is advisable.
15-21 Your depressive symptoms appear to have gone above the watermark, which means you may be suffering from mid to moderate depression. You are suggested to approach professional help as soon as possible.
> 21 You may be suffering from a major depression. Please go for professional help immediately.

About the test


The test above is the CES-D (The Centre for Epidemiologic Studies – Depression Scale) by the National Institute for Mental Health (YEAR)in the USA. This quick self-test measures a person’s depressive feelings and behaviours during the past week, allowing him/her to detect his/her depression quotient.


The twenty questions in the CES-D can be divided into four major aspects, including depressive feelings, physical symptoms, positive feelings, and “interpersonal relationships”. The test is frequently used by researchers worldwide, as it provides reliable references to depression-related studies. The CES-D is also a useful tool in areas concerning psychological health.

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