1 a My life is reasonably under control.
b There's always a lot going on in my life.
c My life is a constant stream of crises I never get on top of.
d I'm so overwhelmed I don't know what to do.
2 a I readily get into all my activities. When I'm around things get done.
b It takes some effort starting things, but then I'm into it.
c It's a mission to do anything. Even small tasks exhaust me.
d I'm too exhausted to do much of anything.
3 a I can easily concentrate on tasks and pay attention to details.
b At times I can get distracted or drift off.
c It takes a lot of energy to concentrate on a task. I'm always either drifting off or distracted by noise around me. d I just can't concentrate on anything. It's too much effort. I get distracted, forget what I was doing, and think I'm useless.
4 a I feel positive.
b Sometimes I feel a bit sad and flat.
c I'm sad all the time. Nothing cheers me up.
d I am so depressed and flat I just want it to stop.
5 a My appetite is fine.
b Food doesn't interest me much. / I often seem to be eating.
c I often forget to eat. / I always seem to be eating.
d I have to force myself to eat. / I crave food and eat compulsively.
6 a I am confident about the future.
b I'm uncertain about how the future will turn out.
c I have nothing good to look forward to, only more of the same.
d My future is hopeless. Things will only get worse.
7 a I'm pretty easy going. Nothing really bothers me.
b Lately things seem to annoy or irritate me.
c I'm constantly irritated or angry. Nothing goes smoothly.
d I don't seem to have the energy to get annoyed anymore.
8 a I get on well with authority figures.
b Sometimes I think I might be punished but I don't know why.
c I expect authority figures will punish me.
d Maybe all the bad things that happen in my life are God or the universe punishing me. I just wish I knew what I'd done wrong.
9 a I think I look cool.
b I wonder if I am looking old or unattractive.
c People think I'm unattractive.
d I'm ugly.
10 a I get satisfaction and enjoyment out of the things I do.
b I don't enjoy things the way I used to.
c Even when I do something well it doesn't seem worth the effort.
d I'm fed up and bored with life.
11 a I have nothing to feel guilty about.
b Sometimes I feel guilty, like I've done something wrong but I don't
know what it is.
c I feel guilty a lot. Like I'm responsible for the bad things that happen to people around me.
d I constantly feel guilty. My being alive causes trouble for others.
12 a I'm up with the play and onto it.
b Sometimes I might be a bit tired or under pressure and I have to pause and sort my thoughts out.
c Often I feel I'm not thinking straight and get a bit confused.
d My thinking is so muddled I just can't sort things out or find solutions to even small problems and I feel really stupid.
13 a I sleep well.
b I don't sleep as well as I used to.
c I wake up early and can't get back to sleep. /
I seem to need a lot of sleep and find it hard to get up.
d I only sleep a few hours then lie awake for hours. /
I just want to sleep all the time. It's too hard to get up.
14 a I'm reasonably successful.
b I've have failed more than most people.
c I've failed a lot in my life. No matter how hard I try things go wrong.
d there's no point trying anymore. I'm a weak, useless looser.
15 a I like myself as a person.
b I criticize myself for my weaknesses and mistakes.
c I don't like myself. There's so much wrong with me that the good bits don't count,
d I hate myself.
16 a I can make decisions.
b I put off making decisions now if I can.
c Nowadays making decisions is really difficult for me.
d Making decisions is just too hard and complicated.
17 a I feel okay about being alive.
b I would like to go to sleep and not wake up.
c I think about killing myself and how I would do it.
d I have a clear plan to kill myself and the means to do it if I need to.
18 a I am interested in people and what they're up to.
b I seem to be loosing interest in people. They're getting boring.
c I'm just can't be bothered with people and their problems.
d People don't seem to matter anymore.
19 a My sex drive is fairly normal.
b My sex drive is OK. At times I'm a bit busy or tired to think about it.
c It takes a lot to get me interested in sex.
d Thoughts of sex just don't enter my head.
20 a I can manage my emotions well.
b Sometimes when I'm low I might smoke, drink, or take medication.
c I often use substances to help raise my mood.
d I depend on alcohol, cigarettes, medication or drugs to ease depression. Copyright The Thorndon Clinic 2009