How Do I know If I Need Help?
Self-care check ins with on-line Self-Assessments
Many on-line assessment tools and quizzes are designed to recommend further reading and resources that may help you better understand how you feel. However, following the advice of WebMD.com, “The site does not provide medical advice. The contents of the WebMD site…are for informational purposes only. The contest is not intended to be a substitute for professional a\medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the WebMD Site!”
If you have done your own research, be sure to discuss it with your health professional. They shouldn’t feel threatened and they’ll want to answer any questions you have. Remember, they have gone through years of study, they they’ll want to share their expertise with you. And if you’ve found information that’s different from what your doctor tells you and you’re not sure what to think, don’t hide it, you might find it’s worth talking about it. There is also no harm in seeking a second opinion from another GP or specialist.
Remember that this self-assessment is not designed to replace a consultation with your GP. However, if after taking the quiz you have concerns about your mental wellbeing, it might be useful to take a printout of your results along to your GP.