Depression Checklist

This checklist is designed as a measure of disorder symptomatology. It must be interpreted in the context of individual client circumstances and as such should be used only in combination with a comprehensive medical and clinical assessment. It is NOT a stand-alone diagnostic tool.

  • Feeling low, irritable or appearing tearful

  • Reduced interest or pleasure in most activities

  • Marked increase or decrease in appetite, or significant weight loss

  • Difficulties sleeping and waking

  • Increased agitation or lethargy
  • Fatigue

  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Less able to make decisions or concentrate
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

If a patient has experienced 5 or more of these symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, over at least a 2 week period, they may be experiencing a Major Depressive Episode.

In this case, it is recommended that they be referred to a psychologist for a more comprehensive assessment. To book an appointment with a psychologist, contact Strategic Psychology on (02) 6262 6157 or email


Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.