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.
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.