This Mental Health “Test” Can Help You Better Understand Yourself!

 

Do you ever wonder if you have some form of mental illness?  If you said “no”, keep reading because surely you need a reality check.  If you said “yes”, keep reading and find out what your troublesome areas are.  Mental health, like any normative measurement, should be seen on a continuum – a matter of degree.  For example, everyone has moments of sadness and depression.  How deep does the depression go?  What are the “triggers” that cause the depression? How long does it last? Etc…

Scientists are continually looking at ways to evaluate mental illness and the severity of it. What evaluation tool should be used?  Who should do the evaluating?  Recently a measure of mental health has been getting a lot of recognition.  It is called WhatsMyM3. Who does the measuring?  You do.  Psychiatrist Steven Davis says this instrument can help individuals “monitor their own symptoms and have a view of what’s going on” in terms of mood and anxiety. This three minutes “test” measures depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD. You can find it on the web at WhatsMyM3.com. You fill in the answers, submit them, and you will get back a determination of your mental health based on your score.

There are twenty seven questions and you are to answer each one by checking one of these:                                              NOT AT ALL            RARELY          SOMETIMES         OFTEN      MOST OF THE TIME

Over the last two weeks or more, have you noticed the following:

  1. I feel sad, down in the dumps or unhappy.
  2. I can’t concentrate or focus.
  3. Nothing seems to give me much pleasure.
  4. I feel tired, have no energy.
  5. I have had thoughts of suicide.
  6. Changes in sleeping patterns: a) I have difficulty sleeping. b) I have been sleeping too much.
  7. Changes in appetite: a) I have lost some appetite.  b) I have been eating more.
  8. I feel anxious or can’t sit still.
  9. I feel worried or fearful.
  10. I have attacks of anxiety or panic.
  11. I worry about dying or losing control.
  12. I am nervous or shaky in social situations.
  13. I have nightmares or flashbacks.
  14. I am jumpy or feel startled easily.
  15. I avoid places that strongly remind me of a bad experience.
  16. I feel dull, numb, or detached.
  17. I can’t get certain thoughts out of my mind.
  18. I feel I must repeat certain acts or rituals.
  19. I feel the need to check and recheck things.

At any time in your life have you:

  1. Had more energy than usual.
  2. Felt unusually irritable or angry.
  3. Felt unusually excited, revved up or high.
  4. Needed less sleep than usual.

Indicate whether any of the above symptoms:

  1. Interfere with work or school.
  2. Affects my relationships with friends or family.
  3. Had led to my using alcohol to get by.
  4. Had led to my using drugs.

In my opinion this instrument serves a valid purpose in raising your awareness of certain mental health issues.  Just asking these pertinent questions helps you to examine these psychological components of your being. It is a self report “test”, however, and thus quite subjective.  Your defenses may well block the necessary objectivity that would be desired.  You may want to get another opinion from someone else who knows you well and can be honest and objective. Should the results of this “test” be of concern to you, please see a competent mental health provider.

“The unexamined life is not worth living”    Socrates

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