42 The Quiz Could You Be Depressed and Not Know It? IF YOU HAVE ANY SIGNS OF THIS COMMON BUT SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION, SEEK HELP BY LAURIE DAVIES FALL 2020 VIM & VIGOR PHOTO PHOTO BY STOCKSY CREDIT Early detection of depression is just as important as early detection of any other major disease. Why? "If left untreated, depression can lead people down a pathway of suicidal thinking," says Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of the nonprofit Mental Health America. The tricky thing is, often people don't know they are depressed. Could you be one of them? Our five-question quiz may help get you thinking. Circle any answers that apply. And if you think you're depressed, it's important to make an appointment with your doctor soon. "Cancer survival rates have improved because we did a better job of intervening at stages 1, 2 and 3. We need to do the same thing with mental illnesses," Gionfriddo says. "There are so many treatment possibilities to make the future more hopeful."