(10/05/12) - 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. Now, a three minute test could changes those numbers.
Some people look at their apps as a form of entertainment, but Psychiatrist, Dr. Steven Daviss says an app called "What's My M3", could change your life! He says the test is medically proven to reliably screen for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD.
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.
Daviss says 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."
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," Patrick says.
Before he found the right treatment, Patrick scored in the 60s on the M3 checklist.
Now, he says, "I've been taking it periodically and so far I've been hitting it dead on, 30,31,32".
"What's My M3" is peer-reviewed and free to take online. The app version has more features, and costs $2.99 at the Apple app store and Android Market.
Online Consumer website: http://whatsmym3.com/
WhatsMyM3 iTunes app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/whatsmym3/id515945611?mt=8
Professional website for Doctors: https://m3clinician.com/default.aspx
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