How can online mental health testing help me?

Taking a mental health test online is a great way to keep tabs on your mental health. It can help give you a sense of what’s going on.

It can be hard to wrap your head around what’s going on with your own mental health. There are so many different mental health conditions, each with their own symptoms, causes, and treatments. Many people experience more than one mental health condition at once. Our mental health can get better or worse over time. And to be honest, humans can be pretty bad at understanding what’s going on in our own minds!

This is where mental health testing comes in. Online mental health testing is great for two things:

  • Identifying what kinds of mental health challenges you’re facing—which helps you figure out what next steps to take.
  • Keeping track of your mental health over time.

Let’s talk about each of these.

Identifying what’s going on

If you’re on this site, it’s probably because you’re having a hard time (or someone you care about is). You don’t need a test to tell you that! But just knowing that something feels “off” only gets you so far. Are you just sad, or are you depressed? When you can’t sit still, is that because you’re anxious or do you have ADHD? These are different problems with different solutions.

Our mental health tests are scientifically validated screening tools. That means that researchers have proven that they do a good job of showing who might have a mental health condition and who probably doesn’t.

Still, to get “officially” diagnosed with a mental health condition, you’ll need to have a conversation with a mental health professional. They can pick up on things that simply don’t come through in an online test. Family doctors can often diagnose common conditions like depression and anxiety. But if you can, try to find someone who specializes in mental health, like a therapist or a psychiatrist.

Sometimes finding the “right” diagnosis can be a journey. Mental health is complicated, because our minds are complicated! If you’ve gotten a diagnosis that doesn’t feel right, it’s okay to get a second opinion. You can also come back here and take more mental health tests—maybe you’ll find a better way to describe the experiences you’re having.

Keeping track of your mental health over time

Most of our mental health tests will either give you a “positive” result (yes, you probably have X) or a “negative” one (no, you probably don’t have X). Some of them give you a bit more detail. (Do you have mild depression or severe depression?)

But all of them also give you a number score. A lot of research goes into how we translate those scores into a result (5-9 is “mild depression” and 10-14 is “moderate”). But to track your mental health over time, all you need to remember is that a higher number means more severe symptoms.

If I got a 10 on the Depression Test last week and a 14 this week, I’m still in the “moderate” range, but this helps me see that I might be struggling a bit more right now. Maybe it’s time to do some self-care or make an appointment with my therapist.

Bonus: if you log into the site, you can see all your past results in a nice little chart that shows you how your symptoms have changed over time.

Okay, sounds great! So how exactly do I do all this?

Taking a mental health test is pretty easy. Just go to our list of mental health tests, pick the one you want to take, and answer the questions. It’s free, and you’ll get your results right away.

If you’re just doing a quick mental health check, you’re done! But you might as well get all you can out of the test, right? One way to do that is to save your results so you can see them again later. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Print out your results and show them to a supportive friend, family member, or mental health professional (doctor or therapist). Starting a conversation about mental health can be hard, but having some concrete test results can make it a little easier.
  • Email them to yourself. Just click the “Email Results” button on the results page and enter your email address. You can forward it to whoever needs to see it, or just show them on your phone.
  • Bookmark the results page. Each screening result has its own unique URL. If you bookmark that page or copy the URL and save it somewhere, you can always refer back to it later.
  • Log in to save your results. This is the best way. Creating a login is free and quick, and it automatically saves all your results so you can come back to them later. There’s even a little chart that shows when your scores go up or down!
Example of mental health test results tracked over time.

 

How often should I take a mental health test?

If your results say you are “low risk” or unlikely to have the mental health condition you tested for… It’s a good idea to take the test again in 4-6 weeks. People often start to feel worse after a few weeks, and retaking the test will help you catch things early.

If your results say you are “high risk” or likely to have the mental health condition you tested for, it wouldn’t hurt to test every week or two.

You should also start thinking about what next steps you’re going to take, whether that’s talking to someone you trust, finding a therapist, or simply learning as much as you can about mental health. Mental health conditions generally don’t magically get better on their own. Your brain is telling you that something needs to change!


You would think that since we spend 100% of our time living in our own mind and body, we’d know ourselves pretty well. But the truth is, mental health is a huge blind spot for many of us. A mental health test is just one way to get an outside perspective on what’s going on.


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