Looking for an online depression test?

No online test can diagnose you with a condition. You’re more than a series of yes-or-no questions.
You deserve time with a psychiatrist who’s trained to listen to what you’re going through and to help you get better.
Making a first appointment can feel like a big step. If you’re not quite ready, these 10 questions can:
Help you understand your symptoms.
Give you a recommendation for what to do next.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 911 or contact the Suicide and Crisis Hotline at 988

Asking for help can be hard. That’s ok.

Not ready to see a psychiatrist just yet? We’ll be here if you change your mind. In the meantime, we can help see if what you’re feeling is common in people with depression.

Why trust Talkiatry?

We’re a team of
+ psychiatrists practicing in
states. Our goal is to expand access to quality, online mental healthcare nationwide.
Frequently asked questions

How do doctors test for depression?

There is no online test. A doctor usually starts with a conversation during a virtual or in-person visit. They’ll ask some questions about your background and what you’re feeling to get a sense of what you’re going through. Your answers will help them understand your symptoms.

If your doctor does find that you’re dealing with depression, they will help find the best treatment plan for you. Most times, depression responds best to a combination of medicine and therapy.

What are the top symptoms of depression?

Depression can feel different for different people. Some might have intense symptoms, while others might take longer to notice something’s up. The most common symptoms of depression are

  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Lost interest in everyday activities, including ones you previously enjoyed
  • Feelings of worthlessness or self-loathing
  • Feelings of irritability or angry outbursts, including over small things
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleeping habits, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Persistent thoughts of death or suicidal thoughts

How common is depression?

If you’re feeling depressed, you’re not alone. Depression is a pretty common mental health issue. Around 5% of adults around the world are diagnosed with depression. Actually, the number of people who experience depression is probably much higher, since not everyone who’s depressed seeks help or gets an official diagnosis.

Can you inherit depression?

If your family has a history of depression, you might be more likely to experience it too. But just because a family member has depression doesn’t necessarily mean you will.

What is the difference between major depression, major depressive disorder (MDD) and clinical depression?

There are a lot of terms and acronyms, and it can get confusing. Let’s get to the bottom of it. “Depression” can refer to a few different things in a medical context. There’s depression that’s caused by a specific event (like the loss of a loved one) or a medical condition (like a thyroid disorder). There’s also depression that’s caused by a mental health condition—meaning it lasts longer than two weeks and can’t be attributed to another cause. Major depression, major depressive disorder, and clinical depression are all different words for the latter kind. They may sound serious or clinical, but don’t worry. They’re relatively common and depression is treatable. It can be tempting to try to diagnose yourself with a condition when you’re not feeling well. A diagnosis can help you put what you’re feeling into words and into context. But if what you’re feeling is affecting your daily life the only way to really get answers is to talk to a professional, like a psychiatrist.

What’s the treatment for depression?

Depression can feel hopeless, but treatment is actually very effective. If your psychiatrist diagnoses you with depression, the most common treatment is a combination of therapy and medication. To learn more about online depression treatment with Talkiatry, check out this page.

In the last 2 weeks, have you had less interest in doing things you used to enjoy?
In the last 2 weeks, how often have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless?
In the past 2 weeks, have you had trouble falling or staying asleep, or have slept too much?
In the past 2 weeks, how often have you felt tired or had little energy?
In the past 2 weeks, have you noticed any substantial changes in how much you’re eating?
In the past 2 weeks, how often have you felt bad about yourself, or that you’ve let others down?
In the past two weeks, have you had trouble concentrating on everyday tasks?
In the past two weeks, have you or others noticed that you’re moving or speaking slowly?
In the past two weeks, have you or others noticed that you’re restless or can’t stop moving?
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Your responses could be consistent with the symptoms of depression. For a diagnosis, you’ll have to talk to a doctor.
What do we recommend?

Talk to an expert.

Keep in mind, this isn’t a diagnosis. The only way to really know is to talk with a medical professional, like a psychiatrist.

They’re trained to diagnose and treat depression and other mental health conditions.

At Talkiatry, they're available online and take insurance. Want to get matched with a psychiatrist today?

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Depression treatment by the numbers

We did the research. The majority of patients with depression or anxiety saw improvement after an average of just 5 visits.
infographic: 65% of patients no longer reported clinically significant symptoms
*Person C, O'Connor N, Koehler L, Venkatachalam K, Gaveras G; Evaluating Clinical Outcomes in Patients Being Treated Exclusively via Telepsychiatry: Retrospective Data Analysis; JMIR Form Res 2023;7:e53293; view URL here; DOI: 10.2196/53293.Outcomes data based on retrospective study of de-identified data from 1,826 Talkiatry patients who completed GAD7 or PHQ8 at their first visit and one subsequent visit. The first visit was between 2/1/23 and 5/26/23. ‘Not clinically significant' defined as a GAD7/PHQ8 score less than 10.. Outcomes data based on retrospective study of de-identified data from 1,826 Talkiatry patients who completed GAD7 or PHQ8 at their first visit and one subsequent visit. The first visit was between 2/1/23 and 5/26/23. Symptom reduction calculated using MCID (Minimum Clinically Important Difference). ‘Not clinically significant defined’ as a GAD7/PHQ8 score less than 10.
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Based on your responses, it seems like you’re not experiencing signs of depression.
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Every mental health journey is personal. If you still have questions and want to talk with a psychiatrist, we can match you with one who can help.

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