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Are You Depressed, Bipolar, Anxious? This App Can Tell You For Sure

31 May 2012

From AppNewser:

If you are feeling down and think you may be suffering from a mental illness, WhatsMyM3, by M-3 Information, is an app that helps you test your mental well being.

Available for iOS and Android, the $2.99 app is cheaper than visiting a professional (through they do recommend that if you test positive for a mental disorder, that you seek real world help). The app asks questions like, “Over the last two weeks or more, have you noticed the following: Nothing seems to give me much pleasure.”

Link to the rest at AppNewser

To be clear, PG is not making light of any mental illness or suggesting an app can replace a mental health professional.

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3 Comments to “Are You Depressed, Bipolar, Anxious? This App Can Tell You For Sure”

  1. Cheaper still than a $2.99 app is simply to Google “PHQ9″.

    http://steppingup.washington.edu/keys/documents/phq-9.pdf

    At my medical group we are making increasing use of this and other standardized assessments. Of course, there is also a human being involved, to read the score and talk to the person about it.
    Probably for your $2.99 the app will do the arithmetic for you, then generate a standard recommendation. “Your PHQ9 score is 23, indicating severe depression. Stay away from weapons and proceed immediately to the nearest mental health facility. Thank you for using What’s My M3. Have a nice day.”
    Inventories like these may well be superior to more subjective methods. But there still needs to be another human being involved somewhere. I find it troubling that no one seems to notice how more and more human encounters are being reduced to ones and zeros.

  2. To be clear, PG is not making light of any mental illness or suggesting an app can replace a mental health professional.

    You’re not, but it seems like they are. I think if you’re honestly worried enough to buy an app, you need to be talking to an actual human being. Hotlines are free.

    • Or it’s making fun of the fact that psychiatrists and pscyhologists seem determined to diagnose everyone and their dogs (literally…pet psychologists exist!) with a mental disorder of one stripe or another.

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