Self-assessments

Concerned that you may have a problem with alcohol, anxiety or depression?

The following self-assessment tools can help determine if you have an alcohol or substance abuse problem, anxiety disorder, are clinically depressed or are in need of a complete medical evaluation and treatment.

These tools are not a substitute for an evaluation by a trained medical professional. If you have any concerns about depression or any of the problems listed, please see your physician.

Please answer the following questions:

  1. Do you feel you are a normal drinker?
  2. Do friends or relatives think you are a normal drinker?
  3. Have you ever attended a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous AA?
  4. Have you ever lost friends or girlfriends/boyfriends because of your drinking?
  5. Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?
  6. Have you ever neglected your obligations, your family, or your work for two or more days in a row because you were drinking?
  7. Have you ever had delirium tremens (DTs, severe shaking) after heavy drinking?
  8. Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
  9. Have you ever been in a hospital because of your drinking?
  10. Have you ever been arrested for drunk driving or driving after drinking?

Scoring

Give yourself one point for each time you answered "Yes" to questions 3-10.

  • Three points or less = Nonalcoholic
  • Four points = Suggestive of alcoholism
  • Five points or more = Indicates alcoholism

If you scored four or more points, we recommend you request an evaluation for alcoholism.

Note: This is not a substitute for an evaluation by a trained medical professional. See your doctor if you have any concerns about alcoholism or any of the problems you've noted above.

Review the following statements to determine if you might have an anxiety disorder and could be in need of a complete medical evaluation and treatment. Consider which statements, if any, describe a problem you experience almost every day with no current medical explanation.

  • Worrying excessively
  • Feeling restless all the time
  • Frequently tired for no reason
  • Trouble concentrating or remembering things
  • Irritability
  • Racing heartbeat (seek medical attention)
  • Trouble going to sleep or staying asleep

If you selected two or more of these symptoms, we recommend you request an evaluation for anxiety.

Note: This information is not a substitute for an evaluation by a trained medical professional. See your doctor if you have any concerns about anxiety or any of the problems you’ve noted above.

Answer the following questions to determine if you may be clinically depressed and in need of a complete medical evaluation and treatment. Consider which statements, if any, describe a problem you experience almost every day with no current medical explanation.

  • Feeling depressed, irritable or sad most of the day
  • Easily irritated by little things
  • Crying or feeling like you wan to cry daily
  • No longer finding enjoyment in activities you once liked
  • Changes in your appetite (hungry all the time or don’t feel like eating)
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Lack of energy, fatigued easily
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of suicide (Note: This is a serious symptom and you must get immediate medical attention.)

If you selected two or more of these symptoms, we recommend that you request an evaluation for depression.

Note: This is not a substitute for an evaluation by a trained medical professional. See your doctor if you have any concerns about depression or any of the problems you've noted above.

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