I probably shouldn’t ever do online tests that claim to be reliable indicators of my health or personality, but that doesn’t stop me from frittering away my time every once in awhile. Who doesn’t want to know how their IQ stacks up with their friend’s, whether their personality type is compatible with their partner’s, or if they could be considered a “fitness junkie”? I know I do. So when Alternative Depression Therapy’s online bi-polar test showed up in my Twitter stream, I was too curious not to see my results. I’ve never been diagnosed with any mental illness, but hey, this could save me the trip to the psychologist, and an excuse to get my hands on some good pills! (Kidding, of course.) But all the test really taught me is that I’m, in fact, much cooler than I’d ever imagined.
The test’s disclaimer reminds users that it is “not a conclusive diagnosis,” something that became apparent when I realized that all the questions used to screen my mental health could also be an online dating survey, used to confirm that you’re an extremely happy and well-adjusted gal.
A cross section of their questions include:
Has there ever been a period of time when you…
- …you had much more energy than usual?
- …you were much more active or did many more things than usual?
- …you were much more social or outgoing than usual, for example, you telephoned friends in the middle of the night?
- …you were much more interested in sex than usual?
Am I Bi-Polar because I answered yes to these? Or am I just an awesome, energetic, physically active, socially-skilled, dynamo-in-bed woman? Forgive me, but I just don’t buy that changes in energy and social life equal big issues with mental health. We might as well ask: ”
One of the more lame-o questions has to be: “Have you felt much more self-confident than usual?” As if we could feel confident at all with all the insecurities and mental illnesses they’re ready to diagnose us with.
But I think my favorite question is: “Has a health professional ever told you that you have manic depressive illness or bipolar disorder?”