Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
140 Doctors are Online

Possible depression/anxiety, online self assessments have scored moderate/severe range. Rely on them?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 1968
Answered : 298 Questions
I am not sure whether or not I should see a doctor about a possible depression/anxiety issue. I have taken several online self assessments and have scored in the moderate/severe range for depression. I just don't know how reliable the tests are
Posted Thu, 3 May 2012 in Depression
Answered by Dr. Andrew Rynne MD 45 minutes later

Thank you for posting your question.

I am not sure how useful those online tests are. It might depend a bit on whether they are trying to sell you something for depression or not. I would normally ask someone like you these sort of questions. It will help me in suggesting you better if you answer those.

(1) Are you taking any medications at present, including birth control?
(2) Are you sleeping OK? Any early morning sleep disturbance?
(3) How are you socialising, getting on with others?
(4) How about work or college? How is this going in your own words?

If you can answer these questions as best you can, then I might have a better idea. I would say this though. If someone is suffering from significant clinical depression, they generally know it and would have no need to be doing online self assessments!

Awaiting your reply.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Psychiatrist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor