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Programming and depression research


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#21 jms bc   Members   -  Reputation: 439

Posted 12 May 2013 - 10:11 AM

score: 3           2 on #16 and I threw in 0.25 on a few others because the 0 response was a bit too absolute.

 

prog: 55-65     The job and the hobby. I will cut myself off at ~65, more is self-destructive.

 

they don't make the distinction between having interest in fictional scenarios, and having interest in your partners.

 

Laughing. You've been married, then.

 

for the fact that some of the participants are 20 - 25, i.e. people going through quarter life crises where they realize that they still don't know exactly what they want to do with their lives, but they want to do something

 

Yeah, really tough on some people.


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#22 Shaquil   Members   -  Reputation: 815

Posted 12 May 2013 - 11:47 AM

for the fact that some of the participants are 20 - 25, i.e. people going through quarter life crises where they realize that they still don't know exactly what they want to do with their lives, but they want to do something

 

Yeah, really tough on some people.

 

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#23 CJWard   Members   -  Reputation: 142

Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:18 AM

20

 

I have answered similar questions to these a couple of times during the last 10 years and I arrive at roughly the same answer every time. I have not taken any medication or seeked help in any way, I have only received a diagnoses from a doctor. I am not bi polar, do not have schizophrenia or suffer from any other mental illness as far as I am aware. I just feel like this all the time. I am very concerned that I am going to begin going completely off the rails in the future.

 

I answered the questions literally. For example: I do not want to kill myself, but I enjoy the thought of not being alive.

 

60 hours a week coding. It's my job and hobby, and just about the only subject I think about.

 

I am surprised so many people here score so low on these tests, I assumed everyone felt at least somewhat like me.



#24 Edgar Reynaldo   Members   -  Reputation: 109

Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:44 AM

I appreciate all your criticisms, that will help me in my evaluation of the testing methods validity! :D

 

As to concerns I am only applying the test to programmers thats not true, at least not in intent, I did ask these questions on DeviantArt too, but only got one response, and she was a programmer!

 

So yeah, I know there are problems, this is my first psych experiment ever, so a little slack might be nice.



#25 kseh   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2156

Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:31 PM


Score: 4.
Hours: ~40/wk.

Given that the questions are written such that I am my own standard to compare against, I think it would be hard to result in a high number without external aggravating circumstances.

Programmers are analysts by nature so the abundance of comments regarding the quality of each question should actually be expected. I might expect posing the same set of questions to doctors would result in similar criticisms. Which could maybe be an interesting thing to investigate, comparing levels of feedback and responses from different professions not for a study in depression but a study of personalities.

 



#26 slicer4ever   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3947

Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:58 PM

So yeah, I know there are problems, this is my first psych experiment ever, so a little slack might be nice.

If this is only for a school project or something, then that's fine. But if you plan on publishing the results, then scrutiny is very important if you don't want to deliver inconclusive results.
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#27 Ectara   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3018

Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:30 PM

So yeah, I know there are problems, this is my first psych experiment ever, so a little slack might be nice.

I understand that it may be possible that you were provided this form verbatim by your professor or something, but if you are creating this yourself, constructive criticism is good. Since it fails to accurately diagnose both people who aren't depressed, and people who are severely depressed due to the poor wording, this must be corrected before the test is employed again. It's good to catch it on the first experiment, to give you more experience for the next. The detailed explanations given by everyone above are excellent, because we hear it from both ends of the spectrum.



#28 Bregma   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 5248

Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:28 PM

I scored 47, but I would not consider myself as being depressed at this time.  Quite the opposite.  Perhaps a simple Cosmo-style quiz is just wholly inadequate for real diagnostic purposes.


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#29 Khatharr   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3031

Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:35 PM

The BDI is actually a very commonly used test in care settings, but it's not intended as a diagnostic tool. The BDI is used a lot in CBT, where it's one of many periodic monitoring tools for the patient to log their mood changes and look at ways that events in their life affect their scores.
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#30 TheChubu   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4575

Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:36 PM

The BDI is actually a very commonly used test in care settings, but it's not intended as a diagnostic tool. The BDI is used a lot in CBT, where it's one of many periodic monitoring tools for the patient to log their mood changes and look at ways that events in their life affect their scores.

Pretty much this. While all the magazines, quizes and internet adds might give you that impression, psychology is not about just a few checkboxes in some random poll.

 

Its like thinking programming is just typing stuff in the keyboard and hitting compile every now and then :D


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#31 XXChester   Members   -  Reputation: 919

Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:56 AM

My score is 31 - and I am already in the process of getting treatment :)

 

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#32 Dmytry   Members   -  Reputation: 1148

Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:37 AM

score: 6, self employed, been procrastinating a fair bit lately instead of working, got enough cash anyway.

 

Not on topic but:

 

I recall reading that weight loss and insomina questions give bonus points to medications which cause weight gain and sleepiness (similar assessment scales get used in one or the other part of drug trial), and are responsible for a sizable fraction of the above-placebo response of anti-depressants.


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#33 Memories are Better   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 769

Posted 23 May 2013 - 12:25 PM

I scored 3 and I am programming more or less 84+ hours a week, yes I am a code junkie and I love it. I would increase my time but I have a cat that demands attention and I also do exercise and all my own cooking / cleaning.

 

If you asked this survey before 2010 I probably would have scored really high. Like others have mentioned it is flawed, I don't like the way it is worded, others have already covered why. Also there is a difference between anxiety and depression, some of the things you have mentioned fall under one only.

 

I scored 3 on "I have lost interest in other people", sadly the internet has put me off people, I can manage trolls (I was one for 10 years), I can manage spammers and I can manage egotistical people but one thing I cant manage is the enormous amount of negativity that is getting worse and worse daily. As a result ALL media related shit has been blocked, I now live a life where I don't hear about any news at all and more importantly I never hear about which triangle shaped eyeball is trying to take over the world or which government people think are killing its own citizens or which race is the source of all problems or any of the other crap you hear over and over. If you want to know what depressed me in the past, it was listening to 'those' types of people and reading the negative trash in the media that made it look like everything and everyone was bad; I also don't watch TV or movies either but that is simply because I never have time.



#34 froop   Members   -  Reputation: 636

Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:38 PM

Score: 30

Hours spent programming / week: ~ 20

 

I usually enjoy programming, especially my own projects. Often maybe too much so that I have trouble getting to bed.

 

Most of my activities revolve around computers and I think that has a negative influence on my well-being. But programming in particular seems not to be related.






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