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Edgar Reynaldo

Programming and depression research

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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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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.

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

 

I write software professionally all day as well as a hobby and also through my own company on the side so I program between 60-90 hours a week.

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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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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.

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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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