Through the Screen: What a mental health assessment can tell you

October 18, 2018  |  screening
depression screening

Friends and family mean well, I think. They see that you may seem a little more withdrawn than ususal, or maybe you're just not as perky as you'd been a few days ago. So they ask, "Are you depressed?" or "Is something wrong?"

It might not have been noticable at first to you, but those around us can pick up on things we may not always see in ourselves right away. Sometimes it's a physiological problem like a lack of energy, back pain or headaches, even sleeping too much or too little, can be symptomatic of depression.

That's why taking an assessment - on your own time, in the privacy of your own home - can be helpful. It can tell you that those physical things you feel might just be signs of something more - and whether talking with a mental health professional might be helpful to you.

Nothing takes the place of a one-on-one with a counselor, but isn't it better to learn some coping techniques early on than let something fester and become harder to treat later? It could even be turn out that what you're feeling really isn't depression at all, but should be checked with your primary doctor.

An assessment can help in many ways, but only if you take the first step and actually complete one. Visit our assessment page and pick one of the several available that fit what you're feeling. See what it suggests, and follow through with the suggestions. No personal information is collected - it's completely anonymous.