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How to Find & Use a Printable Beck Depression Inventory

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Written by Kristina Choi   



A printable Beck Depression Inventory serves as the perfect tool for determining whether you or a loved one is depressed.  There is just one problem.  It can be very hard finding a printable Beck Depression Inventory off of the Internet.  And even if you find one, you might not know how to use it.  But either way, don’t worry, as the steps below will address both concerns.

Step 1: Get the form from the FSC website.  The FSC.Yorku website offers a printable Beck Depression Inventory online.  To access it, copy and paste the following URL into your browser:

http://www.fsc.yorku.ca/york/rsheese/psyc1010/wiki/index.php?title=Beck_Depression_Inventory_%28BDI/BDI-II%29&printable=yes

This will take you straight to the page where the printable Beck Depression Inventory is located.  No extra browsing or researching is needed. 

Step 2: Print it out.  FSC’s printable Beck Depression Inventory can be transferred to your printer by selecting “File” and “Print” from your browser.  From there select which printer you’re using and hit “OK.”  Make sure you have enough paper in your printer, since FSC’s printable Beck Depression Inventory might not fit on one page, (depending on how it displays in your browser).

Step 3: Answer each question honestly.  Once the Beck Depression Inventory is printed out, take it with you into a quiet room, where you can concentrate on each of the questions.  Then, answer all of the questions openly and honestly, making sure you don’t over-think on them.  Otherwise, you might not get an accurate view of your depression.

Step 4:  Add up the scores from the test.  FSC’s printable Beck Depression Inventory assigns a 0, 1, 2 or 3 for each of its answers.  And, when the test is complete, these numbers are added up to assess your level of depression.

Step 5: Assess your score.  Take a look at the overall number after adding up the scores from each question.  If the final score is over 14, you might be depressed.  

Warning:  FSC’s printable Beck Depression Inventory should not take the place of a doctor’s diagnosis.  Ultimately, if you’ve felt down for several days, you need to seek professional help even if the Inventory says otherwise.






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