(WGGB) — We know our blood pressure number and our cholesterol number, so why not know our mental health number?
Untreated mood disorders cost our healthcare system more than $70 billion a year.
Some people look at their apps as a form of entertainment, but Doctor Steven Daviss says this app could change your life.
Called whatsmym3, he says the three minute test has been medically proven to reliably screen for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD.
“This bar right here gives me an idea of how far I am from normal,” says Daviss.
Online or on your phone, the medical monitoring of mood checklist creates a score for each disorder and allows you to share the information with your doctor.
People who score zero to 33 have a lower risk of having one of those disorders.
“If the score’s above 33 then the chances of them having a mental health problem is 85 percent,” Daviss adds.
You rate your feelings based on statements like ‘I feel dull, numb, or detached. I can’t get certain thoughts out of my mind’ and ‘I am nervous or shaky in social situations.’
The test could also help people like Patrick Hendry.
Hospitalized 14 times, it took him six years to get a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. “The most telling moment was when I hooked up a hose to the tailpipe of my car,” says Hendry.
Before Patrick found the right treatment, he scored in the sixties on the M3 checklist.
Now, “I’ve been taken it periodically and so far I’ve been hitting it dead on, 30,31,32,” Hendry notes.
Daviss says it’s a useful tool for patients and their doctors. “It gives your primary care physician some objective evidence to help them evaluate whether somebody is suffering from one of these conditions,” he says,
Handheld software to improve mental healthcare.
whatsmym3 is peer-reviewed and free to take online. You can click here for a link to take the test.
The app version has more features and is available at the Apple app store and GooglePlay.
All versions of the test use the same 27 item questionnaire.