May 192017
 

Let me get serious for a moment. How are you going? How are you feeling? How have you been sleeping? Have thoughts been going in circles? Do thoughts go to places you don’t want them to? Are you doing things you really don’t want to do? Are you thinking things you really don’t want to be thinking? Do you feel like you are drowning, or just don’t fit into this world?

Mental health is real health care. A diagnosis is not a label that defines a person, but approached properly, becomes the key to a chest full of appropriate tools. I recommend carefully completing all of the applicable the screenings on Mental Health America’s page to begin to establish a baseline for where you are at. (Unless restricted by age, do all of them at least once.)

Repeating the Depression and Anxiety screenings regularly can be a useful for monitoring yourself for more objective anxiety or depression levels. These screens can help you see trends in your feelings before you become conscious of them.

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools

I just don’t fit in. Why did they do that? How is it that I keep messing up? Being social just exhausts me. I will take a book over a party anyday. Sometimes I feel like a different species to everyone else. I don’t get when people say one thing, but do another. Why can’t you just tell me what’s wrong?

In our adult population, especially a Generation X and baby boomers, there are a significant number of people struggling with their place in life, who are actually undiagnosed in the autism spectrum disorder. As adults, most have learned coping skills and covering skills, but they are exhausting masks to wear, and inevitably lead to anxiety and depression,… inevitably.

This is a 50 question screening which is a very good initial screen. When answering the questions, take time to think them through carefully. This quiz is about your native, natural, unmodified ability and understanding. Please discount training or adaptation. For example, if you have studied facial action coding to understand facial emotions, but would otherwise be essentially lost some or most of the time without that knowledge, answer for the native self. Think carefully about how the things being questioned actually are/were. Many times, in answering these quizzes quickly, the behavioural adaptations do the answering, not the person underneath.

http://aspergerstest.net/aq-test/

If you find yourself in the borderline or positive ASD range, this rDos test is far more comprehensive in analysing what areas are neurotypical or neurodiverse (ASD). It is important to stress that this is a spectrum disorder, meaning that no two people will experience ASD in the same way. There are commonalities that are relatively consistently experienced to some degree by many within the ASD spectrum. Many with ASD live seemingly very successful lives, but they are also quietly desperate and drowning on the inside, using alcohol, drugs, sex, hobbies or work to distract from the inner turmoil and confusion.

http://rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php

Another relatively common but incredibly impactful condition is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This comes from long term trauma, like child abuse, and abusive relationship, etc. Even if you don’t feel that this applies to you, I recommend doing this screening at least once. Be brutally honest with yourself, and do not consider what the answer might mean to you, just answer as authentically as possible.

https://www.estss.org/learn-about-trauma/icd10/

If you have concern with any of your results, please seek a good professional to discuss those results to see if there are measures you can take to make your life far easier.

This page is going to be updated with more resource links and information. please check back now and then to see the latest additions. Once the page is relatively finalized, this notice will be deleted.

Blessings and peace to all.


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