Find out online if you’re at risk of suffering depression

Wednesday 3rd December, 2008

Depression has always been difficult to diagnose and only a visit to your GP can truly determine if you’re depressed. However, researchers from the UK have developed an online universal test to find out if you’re at risk of suffering with major depression.

Using a special risk algorithm, a team from the University College London (UCL) tested around 9,000 people across Europe and in Chile, South America to determine its accuracy. The test was based on similar risk assessment for heart disease and the results proved to be equally as accurate in predicting future episodes of depression.

The team will now use the tool in further tests around Europe and China which could then lead to the test being implemented by family doctors and clinics to identify those people most at risk of depression and provide early intervention.

You can take the UCL test to see if you’re at risk of succumbing to depression here (test will open in a new window)

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