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10 Self Screening Tools For Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Etc.

May is Mental Health month, and a timely reminder to screen for mental illness or addiction.

Mental Health America,  a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, offers some simple screening tools that can help you determine if you might be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or substance abuse/addiction.

These screening tools are best used to determine if you should consider getting professional advice, not to make a self-diagnosis. It’s important to remember that there are numerous factors that need to be taken into consideration before a diagnosis of mental illness or addiction can be determined.

They include self-tests for:

Depression if you believe you’ve been feeling overwhelming or pervasive sadness.

Anxiety if worry and fear seem to be affecting your day to day life.

Bipolar if mood swings, or unusual or extreme shifts in mood and energy, seem to be affecting you.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) if you feel a traumatic life event has had an impact on you.

Work Health Survey helps you understand if your work environment is or isn’t conducive to good mental health.

Issues with Alcohol or Substance Abuse

Youth Screen is specifically for youth who are worried about their emotions or behaviors.

Parent Screen is for parents who are concerned that their child’s behavior or emotions might indicate a problem.

Psychosis is for young people (age 12-35) who feel like their brain is playing tricks on them (seeing, hearing or believing things that don’t seem real or quite right).

Eating Disorder, for eating related concerns that impact overall health.

All screening tools are from the Mental Health America website, which also offers a variety of relevant information.


10 Self Screening Tools For Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.

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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2017). 10 Self Screening Tools For Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Etc.. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 31, 2020, from


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