Goldberg Depression Scale

The Goldberg Depression Scale, below, is a self-administered questionnaire designed to measure the severity of depressive thinking and behavior.

This tool was designed by Dr. Ivan K. Goldberg, M.D. and is reprinted with his permission.

This tool IS NOT designed to diagnose any psychiatric disorder, nor is it intended to replace evaluation by a qualified psychiatrist. It is only intended to measure the severity of depressive symptoms, and thus to help the reader decide whether to seek a psychiatric evaluation.


The test is made up of eighteen questions. After completing all the questions you will be presented with your result, and your rank on the Goldberg Depression Scale.

To take the questionnaire, please click the radio button next to the selection which best reflects how each statement applies to you. Be sure to choose the statement that applies to how you have felt and behaved during the past week.

1. I do everything slowly:


2. My future seems hopeless.


3. I find it hard to concentrate when I read.


4. All joy and pleasure seem to have disappeared from my life.


5. I find it hard to make decisions.


6. I have lost interest in things that used to mean a lot to me.


7. I feel sad, depressed and unhappy.


8. I feel restless and cannot relax.


9. I feel tired.


10. I find it hard to do even trivial things.


11. I feel guilty and deserve to be punished.


12. I feel like a failure.


13. I feel empty – more dead than alive.


14. My sleep is disturbed: too little, too much or unsettled sleep.


15. I wonder HOW I could commit suicide.


16. I feel confined and imprisoned.


17. I feel down even when something good happens to me.


18. I have lost or gained weight without being on a diet.