Online Depression Test (MDI)

Major depression test

Understanding the Major Depression Index (MDI)

  • Purpose: The MDI is a tool designed to identify common symptoms of major depressive disorder, assisting in depression screening by observing critical clinical signs.
  • Assessment Categories: It delves into four main areas: daily routines, emotional states, and typical reactions, which are pivotal in diagnosing depressive disorder.
  • Time Frame for Responses: Individuals are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and state of mind over the past two weeks when responding to the MDI questions.

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Please answer the following questions by considering your behavior in the past 2 weeks:

1. I feel sad:

2. I feel discouraged about the future:

3. I have trouble making decisions, even about small things:

4. I have lost interest in activities I used to enjoy:

5. I feel tired without any reason:

6. I feel worthless or guilty about things I shouldn't:

7. I have difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions:

8. I have thoughts of death or suicide:

9. I feel restless or have trouble sitting still:

10. I have lost or gained a significant amount of weight without trying:

11. I have trouble sleeping, either too much or too little:

12. I feel like my emotions are numb:

13. I feel overwhelmed by my responsibilities:

14. I feel irritable and get annoyed easily:

15. I have lost interest in maintaining my personal hygiene or appearance:

16. I feel disconnected from others or my surroundings:

17. I find it difficult to deal with daily stressors:

18. I experience physical symptoms like headaches or stomachaches:

19. I feel a lack of motivation to initiate or complete tasks:

20. I feel emotionally drained or burnt out:

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Your Score

The MDI is designed to assess the presence and level of depressive symptoms by evaluating their type and how often they occur. Scores range from 0 (no depression) to 80 (severe depression). The scoring is segmented into four distinct categories for a nuanced understanding:

  • MDI Score - Depression Severity:
    • 0 - 19: None
    • 20 - 24: Mild
    • 25 - 29: Moderate
    • 30 and above: Severe

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Thank you for taking the time to complete our online mental health assessment. If you have any concerns or questions about your results, we encourage you to discuss them with a licensed BetterHelp therapist who can provide tailored guidance and support.

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American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).  

Bech P, Rasmussen NA, Olsen LR, Noerholm V, Abildgaard W. The sensitivity and specificity of the Major Depression Inventory, using the Present State Examination as the index of diagnostic validity. J Affect Disord. 2001; 66(2-3):159-64. 

Olsen LR, Jensen DV, Noerholm V, Martiny K, Bech P. The internal and external validity of the Major Depression Inventory in measuring severity of depressive states. Psychol Med. 2003; 33(2):351-6.