What is your depression scale?
You're probably familiar with the Pain Scale. When you're experiencing pain, doctors ask you, on a scale of 1-10, how bad your pain is. I have anxiety (You can check out my Anxiety workbook here!) and I was looking for a similar scale. I didn't find one that perfectly fit what I needed so I decided to create one myself. You can find it here!
I also have depression, and just like any mental illness - it doesn't present the same way all of the time and different people experience depression differently. Some people have suicidal ideation and some people don't. Some people feel an overwhelming sadness and other people feel completely numb. Depression can stop you from getting out of bed but for others, it doesn't.
So I made this depression scale that represents my experience and it also comes with a blank scale so that you can put down YOUR experience.
The purpose of this scale will help you talk to your therapist, talk to your friends and family, and also manage your mental health. If you find yourself going up on the scale, it gives you the opportunity to find out why. Do your meds need adjusting? Is there something in your life that's causing a lot of mental hardship? Are you just not making the time to meet your needs? It's a great tool to help you take care of you.
Here's What's Inside!
- 9 page PDF (with a black and white version for easy printing!)
- My original depression scale
- A blank scale for you to fill out with your own symptoms
- The 'Feeling Better' Worksheet allows you to list what acts of self-care help you cope with that level of depression
- A worksheet for each level 1-5, to describe physical symptoms, coping skills, and how each level affects your life and relationships
- A list of suicide hotlines and textlines, should you need them! It's great to have someone to talk to.