Can Mental Illness Be Diagnosed with Online Psychological Tests?

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Online psychological tests are designed to be symptom checkers and should not be used to actually diagnose a mental illness. Read more on HealthyPlace.

Can Mental Illness Be Diagnosed with Online Psychological Tests?

Online psychological tests help you pinpoint what you’re experiencing—and what you are not—to help you decide what to do.  

Today, many people take these online psychological tests because they’re wondering if they have a mental illness; which can be agonizing. When you seem to be unusually anxious or in a prolonged low mood, for example, it makes sense to need to know what’s going on.

It’s important, however, to know that online mental health tests are useful tools, but they aren’t meant to diagnose mental illness. These tools:

  • Let you answer questions about your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Help you identify what does and does not apply to you
  • Give you something concrete to consider rather than remaining stuck in vague worries
  • Provide specific information for you to look into further
  • Assist you in deciding whether to seek professional help
  • Prepare you for a conversation with a doctor or therapist (often, you can print out your test to share with a professional)

Online mental illness tests aren’t designed to diagnose people. Only a doctor or mental health professional can diagnose mental illness. Taking a psychological assessment like the 60 offered by HealthyPlace can give you insight into your experiences as well as the confidence to decide whether or not to seek professional help. They can be a practical tool in your mental health toolbox.

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Today's Question: If you’ve taken online mental illness assessments, how helpful have the results been for you? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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"The sudden moments of sadness hurt you even more because you know you were happy just a little while ago."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, October 14). Can Mental Illness Be Diagnosed with Online Psychological Tests?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 16 from

Last Updated: October 15, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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