What You Should Expect From Online Mental Health Tests

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In the information age, a preliminary self-diagnosis for any health condition is only ever a Google search and a few clicks away. However, if it were really that easy, medical school would be a snap. Full and accurate diagnosis of a disease requires careful study by a trained eye, and even then is not always straightforward. This is just as true when dealing with disorders of the human psyche. Nonetheless, there are a slew of online tests that take only a few minutes to complete and can help to rule out or narrow down serious mental health problems. These online tests aren’t official diagnoses; they’re meant to gauge the potential severity of your condition and indicate whether or not you should seek advanced help from a medical professional. These virtual examinations vary in length, containing questions that examine issues from different angles (such as your own perspective and the perspectives of other people around you). Below you’ll find a list of some common mental health tests available for you to take online and the sorts of information you’ll be expected to provide.


If you fear that you’re suffering from clinical depression, and online test may be a good way to evaluate the situation and gain some perspective on your self-concept and your level of engagement with the world around you. These tests will attempt to examine your attitude toward yourself, your capabilities as a person, and your perception of your contributions and worth to society. They will also attempt to account for your energy level and interest in daily tasks and activities, whether personal things like work and recreation as well as engagement with current events and larger issues. Finally, you should also expect a depression screening to delve into your relationship with food—whether under- or overeating—and your ability to fall and stay asleep at night, as well as your drive to wake up and get on with your day.

Bipolar Disorder

Similar to depression tests, screenings for bipolar disorder measure deviation from a normal level of functioning. The distinguishing difference is that it examines the manic dimension as well as the depressive one. Such a test will account for experiences of hyperactivity, overconfidence and abundant energy (potentially despite not getting a full night’s sleep), as well as how much of that energy is diverted into minor distractions rather than productive activities. Beyond the personal, these tests also consider your relationships with other people. They will probably ask whether changes in your personality, such as speaking more quickly or copiously, have been noticeable to the people around you. There will also be an emphasis on ways that these changes may have gotten you into some sort of trouble in personal relationships, at work or school, in personal finance or other facets of society (possibly even the law).


These tests screen for the most serious mental problems, which are characterized by a misalignment between cognition and reality, often in the form of delusions, hallucinations, and irrational beliefs that cause some measure of personal distress. These can manifest in a variety of ways, including the visual distortions of objects, the sudden bizarreness or hostility of familiar things and places and sudden and inexplicable perception of noises and images. Questions will inquire into these topics and other, more subjective experiences. You will also be asked about your ability to control your thoughts, including when speaking, and whether or not this proclivity results in rambling tangents that make it difficult for you to efficiently express an idea. You can also expect to be queried on your certainty regarding the reality or imaginariness of events or things, including larger forces influencing or controlling your actions.

Post-Traumatic Stress

These screenings are aimed at the lingering effects of an intense, often violent event or encounter. They will evaluate your general level of preoccupation with the traumatic event in question, either on the side of obsessing over the experience or avoiding thinking about it entirely. PTSD tests will emphasize your general level of restlessness and anxiety, your level of attachment to and interest in the people around you, other events, and various elements of your daily life. They will also evaluate the extent to which you suppress memories or thoughts about the experience and the extent to which you go out of your way to avoid situations that might trigger such thoughts or memories.

Substance Abuse

Online substance abuse tests will, obviously, focus on your relationship with one or more mind-altering substance. In particular, they will take into account the amount and frequency with which you use them and how they affect your behavior and the attitudes of people toward you. They will additionally inquire into your own interpretation of how your acquaintances or how society as a whole views and evaluates the way you use these substances In order for the results of online mental health tests to have any value, they require honest and objective answers. Even then, they are meant only to give some indication of whether or not you require professional medical evaluation and treatment. As such, they will give you some insight into what official tests will involve and help you prepare to provide accurate answers. In sum, these tests are only a first step toward treatment that can only be obtained through the help of a doctor