Parent Depression Test

Teens in crisis can have a tremendous effect on the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual state of the parent.  With overwhelming amounts of stress and emotional upheaval within the home, it can leave open doors for depression.

Below is a list of of symptoms, when combined, can be a telltale sign that you are living with depression.  This is not a self-diagnose test, but one of awareness to seek help.  If you find that you have more than a third of the symptoms on this list, please contact a counselor or mental health professional.  There is nothing to be ashamed of.  Parents need support and help too.

1.    Withdrawal from others (family, friends, church)

2.    Eating Changes – gain or lose weight

3.    Sleeping patterns disrupted (sleeping more or less)

4.    Sexual intimacy changed (not interested)

5.    No enjoyment in things that were once satisfying

6.    Having difficulty in concentrating

7.    Lost energy or tired all the time

8.    Feelings of failure

9.    Self-Esteem low

10.  Annoyed and irritated more easily

11.  Suicidal thoughts

12.  Overly critical in self

13.  No hope of the future

14.  Unkempt or uncaring of appearance

15.  Unable to make decisions

16.  Crying more than usual or inability to cry

17.  Feelings of guilt and shame

18.  Disappointment in self

19.  Co-dependency on alcohol or smoking

20.  Feel deserving of all the bad things that are happening in your life

2 thoughts on “Parent Depression Test

  1. Stacy,
    I read your daughter’s letter (which nearly brought me to tears) and remembered raising my own teens. I have 5 children, and only one didn’t go through all the hurt and pain the others endured. I, myself, suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and have to take meds to keep it under control. My most recent episode came suddenly and put me in the darkest place I can remember. Yet Jesus met me there, and turned on His light. My blog is called and my tag line is Life in the Light. You might find my page on Christians and depression helpful. Here’s the link:


    • Thank you Suzi! You might like the short story called, “The Door” on my site which I believe you would find a mirror image of yourself in this story. That is awesome that you have taken your struggles and utilized them to bring light for others to find healing. Blessings!


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