Questionnaire: Reflecting on feelings of sadness

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This questionnaire can also help you:

This questionnaire can also help you:

  • Understand how big an issue feelings of sadness may be for you
  • Identify feelings and experiences you may not have noticed before
  • Discover what type of resource or support may be helpful to you
  • Describe your feelings when sharing them with Kids Help Phone or someone else you trust

At the end of the questionnaire, you can learn more about ways to get support for mental and emotional well-being. Remember, deciding if, when and how you’d like to access support is completely up to you. We want to let you know that only a psychologist, psychiatrist or doctor can make a diagnosis related to depression.

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Over the last two weeks How often have you been feeling down, depressed, irritable or hopeless?

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Over the last two weeks How often have you had little interest or pleasure in doing things?

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Over the last two weeks How often have you had trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much?

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Over the last two weeks How often have you experienced poor appetite, overeating or weight loss?

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Over the last two weeks How often have you felt tired, or have had little energy?

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Over the last two weeks How often have you felt badly about yourself, felt that you’re a failure or felt that you’ve let yourself or your family down?

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Over the last two weeks How often have you had trouble concentrating on things like schoolwork, reading or watching TV?

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Over the last two weeks How often have you felt that you have been moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed?

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Over the last two weeks How often have you been so fidgety or restless that you’re moving around a lot more than usual?

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Over the last two weeks How often have you had thoughts that you’d be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way?

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In the past year, have you felt depressed or sad most days, even if you felt OK sometimes?

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If you’re experiencing any of the items in the questionnaire, how difficult have these issues made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home or get along with other people?

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Has there been a time in the past month when you’ve had serious thoughts about ending your life?

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Everybody experiences sadness differently. Learn what you can do when you feel sad.

GO TO RESOURCES

Reflect on your responses

You can use the following resources for times when you experience feelings of sadness:
You can use the following resources for time when you experience more persistent feelings of sadness:
Exploring the following resources for more information and immediate support may also be helpful:

You can browse any of the resources listed above whenever you’d like! We’re sharing them to help you understand and respond to how you may be feeling in the moment.

You’re the best person to decide if something you’re experiencing is an issue for you. Talking to other people who know you well and care for you can also help you think about how you’re doing.

Sometimes, the words sadness and depression are used interchangeably (e.g. saying “I feel depressed” to describe temporary feelings of sadness, etc.), but sadness and depression are different. Although it’s normal to feel sad from time to time, depression is deeper, longer lasting and often impacts all of your experiences. We want to let you know that only a psychologist, psychiatrist or doctor can make a diagnosis related to depression.

Occasionally, some people may feel hopeless, overwhelmed, like they can’t cope with what they’re facing in life and/or be thinking about suicide.

If you’ve experienced thoughts of suicide, help and hope is available — you’re never alone. It’s important to reach out to a safe adult (e.g. a parent/caregiver, doctor, etc.) or a support service (e.g. Kids Help Phone, the local programs listed on Resources Around Me, etc.) to talk about what’s going on for you. And if you’re in immediate danger, you can call 911 or contact the emergency services in your area for help. Remember, support is available in different ways across Canada.

Note: This tool is adapted from the PHQ-A.

Sources:

Johnson, J. G., Harris, E. S, Spitzer, R. L. & Williams, J. B. (2002). Validation of an Instrument for the Assessment of Mental Disorders among Adolescent Primary Care Patients. Journal of Adolescent Health, 30(3), 196-204.

Spitzer, R. L., Kroenke, K. & Williams, J. B. (1999). Validation and Utility of a Self-report Version of PRIME-MD, JAMA, 282(18), 1737-1744.

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