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Feeling Depressed or Anxious? Screen Yourself Online – US News and World Report

March 22, 2010

More and more people are turning to the Internet to research their own health concerns. You can find detailed information on everything from how to cure athletes, foot to how to recognise early stages of dread diseases.

Now  My Mood Monitor, also known as the M-3 Checklist offers you a reliable and quick survey to diagnose mental health conditions.

This online questionnaire “indicates whether someone may be at increased risk” for four conditions: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, says Gaynes, lead author of the new study evaluating how well My Mood Monitor recognizes true illness. The tool was developed by clinicians from Georgetown University, Columbia University, and the Bipolar Collaborative Network.The study, which involved 647 participants ages 18 and older, showed that the screening tool was more than 50 percent accurate for testing for depression or anxiety disorders and about 20 to 25 percent accurate for PTSD, Gaynes says. The tool involves selecting how often, during the past two weeks, youve been able to relate not at all, rarely, sometimes, often, most of the time to statements such as “I feel sad, down in the dumps or unhappy” or “I feel tense, anxious or cant sit still.” Answering the questions delivers an “assessment report” that explains whether you are likely or unlikely to be suffering from a mood or anxiety disorder.

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