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    Jun 2, 2022, 3 min read

    4 Assessments to Measure Your Mental Health

    It can be very difficult to know when it's time to seek support from a specialist. This is the case for both physical and mental health. We want to make this much clearer.

    As Dom Smith, co-founder of high-flying NFT project Creepz, put it recently "the people who are most successful at making progress in life tend to be much more proactive at getting guidance from a constellation of experts". This approach is being encouraged by many experts in the mental health industry. The UK government are launching a number of initiatives aimed at helping people take a more proactive and holistic approach to their mental health.

    There are others who argue that we should not be too eager to access psychological support. There are some who believe that accessing support may reduce resilience or weaken character traits.

    Leading psychiatrist, Dr Chetna Kang takes a very balanced approach. She spoke to us earlier in the year about the value in a mixed emotional pallet. It is very normal to experience highs and lows. Dr Chetna pointed out that we cannot and should not avoid all negative emotions.  Rather, we must aim to build stronger awareness and then control over those emotions.

    So when is the right to speak to a specialist? We have prepared a list of 4 assessments that may provide insight into one's mental health. The results of these assessments indicate how mildly or severely a person is experiencing a range of mental health issues.

    A quick note - you can take the assessments below for free. The information is stored in both compliance with GDPR and HIPAA. We will not share your results with any third parties and we will only contact to you share your results.


    GAD7

    This 7 question assessment is most commonly used to evaluate the level of anxiety a person is experiencing. Scores are calculated based on how frequently a person experiences these feelings. The sum value of these responses gives you your total score.

    0-5: This is considered none or low risk anxiety.

    5-9: This is considered mild anxiety.

    10-14: This is considered moderate anxiety.

    15+: This is considered severe anxiety.

    You can take the assessment here 👇

    Take the GAD7


    PHQ8

    This 8 question assessment is most commonly used to evaluate the level of depression a person is experiencing.

    Scores are calculated based on how frequently a person experiences these feelings. The sum value of these responses gives you your total score.

    1-4: This is considered minimal depression.

    5-9: This is considered mild depression.

    10-14: This is considered moderate depression.

    15-19: This is considered moderately severe depression.

    20+: This is considered severe depression.

    You can take the assessment here 👇

    Take the PHQ8


    PHQ9

    This 9 question assessment is most commonly used to evaluate  level of depression a person is experiencing. The PHQ9 differs from the PHQ8 in that it also considers whether an individual is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

    The questions address sleep, energy, appetite, and other possible symptoms of depression. Scores are calculated based on how frequently a person experiences these feelings. The sum value of these responses gives you your total score.

    1-4: This is considered minimal depression.

    5-9: This is considered mild depression.

    10-14: This is considered moderate depression.

    15-19: This is considered moderately severe depression.

    20-27: This is considered severe depression.

    You can take the assessment here 👇

    Take the PHQ9


    Core34

    This most commonly used assessment for evaluating a person's wellbeing and levels of psychological distress.

    Scores are calculated based on how frequently a person experiences these feelings. The sum value of these responses gives you your total score.

    1-20: This is considered healthy.

    21-33: This is considered low level.

    34-50: This is considered mild.

    51-67: This is considered moderate.

    67-84: This is considered moderate to severe.

    84+: This is considered severe.

    You can take the assessment here 👇

    Take the Core34


    Need to Talk?

    It's important that finding the right specialist is quick and simple. That's why we offer each person a free consultation with a qualified expert. This approach enables our clients to access support 203x faster than the NHS target, with over 97% of clients giving their specialist a positive recommendation.

    With over 500 qualified professionals, Augmentive allows you to take control of your mental health on your own terms.

    If you would like to speak with one of our experts today, please book a call or message us here.


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