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Do Online Mental Health Tests Actually Work?

Facing mental health challenges is confusing. Many websites offer tests to help you sort out your mental health symptoms. They’re often free, confidential, and come with the promise of answers. But do online mental health tests work? Consider these guidelines:

  • Use a credible source. The online psychological tests offered at HealthyPlace, for example, are based on reliable sources such as the DSM-5 and actual psychological tests, such as the Goldberg Depression Questionnaire. On the other end of the spectrum, Facebook quizzes such as “How Sensitive is Your OCD Radar?” are inaccurate and misleading.
  • Analyze your results. Don’t rely on what the test tells you. Instead, write down your symptoms and how they are interfering in your life. Match your list to your test results and see if they line up.
  • Take more than one and compare results for consistency. But…
  • Limit your test taking. Don’t spend lots of time taking many different tests. Take a few, gather your information, and use it to go forward.

One of the most important things to remember about online mental health tests is that no online test is designed to diagnose. Online tests can help you organize your symptoms and act as a tool for talking to loved ones, doctors, therapists, and more. When used properly, online mental health tests can provide valuable insight that can lead to healing.

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Today's Question: In what ways have you found online mental health tests to be helpful or not helpful? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.


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That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or google+) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week, circle HealthyPlace on Google+, follow HealthyPlace on Twitter or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook. Also, check out HealthyPlace on Pinterest and share your mental health pins on our Share Your Mental Health Experiences board.

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Last Updated: 22 August 2017
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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