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    What tests detect if a person has depression?

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  • beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia.beyondblue is a bipartisan initiative of … View Profile

    beyondblue have some simple checklists that are quick, easy and confidential. These questions are designed to help you reflect on your situation or that of someone close to you. They will not provide a diagnosis - you will need to see a health professional for that. However, they will tell you if you have symptoms that are common in people with depression. If you or someone you know has depression, please consult a doctor. These tests can be found on beyondblue's website via these links:

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    Mr Max von Sabler

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist Max is a clinical psychologist working in the public and private health sectors. He currently holds several appointments at Monash Health where he provides … View Profile

    There are a host of measures that people can use to see if they have depression. A commonly avaliable measure is the DASS-21. The great thing about this tool is that it can also measure aspects of anxiety and stress, and can help you understand the full picture. You can find the DASS-21 here (

    There are other excellent tools, such as the BDI-II, hwoever these are commonly administered by a clinical psychologist. I suggest meeting with a clinical psychologist to have an assessment. They may use some of these tools, and as you questions that provide context to your situation and can help you understand why you are depressed, and what your depression actually looks like. Everyone is different.

    I have some helpful infoemation on my website here:

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