Beck Depression Test by Aaron T. Beck is a test for measuring the severity of depression in individuals aged 13 and above. The test is a measure to categorize depression into one of the following types.

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Atypical Depression

Who should take the test?

People with the following symptoms are expected to take the test.

  • Hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Guilt
  • Excessive Fatigue
  • Weight Loss
  • Loss of interest in Life

What does the test do?

Beck had the intention of grouping the disorder into two components of diagnosis. Hence this test is done in two parts. The first measures the mood and the second the physical changes. Mood changes include sadness, loss of pleasure; irritability etc. whereas physical issues had sleep patterns, loss of energy, changes in appetite to be measured. The test then analyses the combined effect of these two tests and determines the level of severity of the disorder. This can be better explained by a medical expert.

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