Screening self-tests are tools that help you look at your mental health or wellness. These tests look for signs or symptoms that can show up in some mental illnesses. They can also help you look at patterns of feelings or patterns of substance use.
While these self-tests can’t always take every situation or events that affect wellness into account, they can give you a snapshot of your feelings. Simply taking a few minutes to think about the way you feel can help guide you to areas of your life that need extra attention, regardless of your self-test results. It’s also a good way to learn about signs and symptoms to watch out for, even if you’re feeling okay right now.
Remember, your self-test results are not a substitute for a medical diagnosis. If you’re concerned about any aspect of your health and wellness, it’s best to talk to your doctor or other health care provider. However, these self-tests are a good way to start a conversation with your doctor or someone else who’s supporting you. You can even print out your results and bring them to your appointment. This can be very helpful if you’re nervous about talking with your doctor or have a hard time describing what you’re feeling.
This screening self-test looks for symptoms of depression. Depression makes it difficult to enjoy life. Some people experience it as low mood or hopelessness. Others may experience a lot of irritability or blame themselves for problems. Depression can also affect your energy levels and the way you eat and sleep. People who experience bipolar disorder also experience episodes of depression, so the adult version of this self-test also looks at other symptoms of bipolar disorder.
This screening self-test looks for symptoms of an anxiety disorder. There are five major types of anxiety disorders: panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Each disorder is different, but they all affect the way you experience anxiety.
This screening self-test looks at your alcohol use and likelihood of risky drinking. Risky drinking means that drinking alcohol increases the risk of hurting yourself. These risks can be linked to the amount of alcohol you drink, but they can also be linked to situations where you drink alcohol. This self-test looks at how much you drink, how often you drink, your thoughts around drinking, and situations that might increase the risk of harm.
This screening self-test doesn't look at symptoms, but looks at about a dozen positive aspects of mental well-being from social support to self-esteem. It will encourage you to reflect on feelings, thoughts and behaviours most of us don't think about often enough, but are important features of wellness. It doesn't cover every feature, however, so at the end of the self-test, we'll provide you links to other screenings we like that go even deeper.