Here Is a Test to Find out Your Child’s Mental State
Yes, some children go through a depressive state, for a number of reasons, and it’s difficult for them to find the words to describe what they’re feeling. Here’s a simple test that will help you determine the extent of your child’s depression. Ask them the following questions and find out for yourself. If they’re suffering from a severe depression, take them to a psychologist.
- The test consists of 18 questions. Ask your child these questions and determine which of the four possibilities matches their answer. Put the appropriate mark next to each one.
- Never=0 Points
- Rarely=1 Point
- Sometimes=2 Points
- Usually=3 Points
Test – Last week:
- Did they think a lot about things they hadn’t thought about before?
- Did they have a loss of appetite?
- Did they find it difficult to smile, even with their family and friends?
- Did they feel like they weren’t as good as other children?
- Did they find it difficult to concentrate on their activities?
- Did they think about things that scare them?
- Did they feel very tired and unable to accomplish anything?
- Did they feel that something upsetting might happen?
- Did they feel scared?
- Did they sleep poorly?
- Did they feel unhappy?
- Did they talk less than usual?
- Did they feel alone and friendless?
- Did they feel like the children they knew weren’t nice to them and didn’t want to play with them?
- Did they feel like they wanted to cry?
- They didn’t have any fun.
- Did they feel sad?
- Did they feel like no one liked them?
The Result – If your Child Got:
- 0–9 Points: They’re suffering from a very mild depression—no need to worry.
- 10–15 Points: Your child is suffering from a moderate depression, and it’s essential to take special care of them.
- 16–24 Points: You should present your child to a pediatric psychologist immediately. They have severe depression and need immediate treatment.