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A do it yourself mental status check

You can check your mental status at home and see if you need a psychiatrist's help -- by answering a simple questionnaire.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 17, 2009 14:02 IST
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You can check your mental status at home and see if you need a psychiatrist's help -- by answering a simple questionnaire.

Plus points

# Dreams that inspire you to work efficiently

# Thoughts for a better tomorrow

# Belief in god gets strengthen

Minus points

# Suicide thought or dream

# Hallucination

# Disturbed sleep due to fear of something or avoidable stress

# Distress and disbelief in oneself

All you need to do is give yourself plus points for each positive work you do or positive thought that come to you while awake or in dream. And minus points for each negative thought. The final result will decide whether your mental balance is all right.

Explaining the formula, Vijoy Kumar Verma, who retired from psychiatry department at PGI Chandigarh, said positive responses to questions based on daily life routine are enough to determine the mental soundness of a person. He was in the city on Monday to deliver lecture at the NCIASP-2009, the silver jubilee national conference of the Indian association for social psychiatry being held at Scientific Convention Centre.

The questions one has to ask themselves are whether the hours of sleep have changed and if it has reduced over a period of time there would be one minus point. If routine prayers (if one does it) were being avoided there would be another minus point. A thought of suicide gives another negative point and if this thought or dream comes with a plan for suicide there is an additional minus mark.

"On the contrary if one spent more time in prayer or visit and meet more people there is plus points in the account. If sleep timings and hours haven't been disturbed for long, it earns a plus point to the person," he said.

More questions can be framed by the person himself to cover almost all the work done in routine. One needs to decide a pass percentage depending on the kind of job he or she does or the living environment.

If negative scoring reigns supreme for long, the person should look for counseling to see what exactly is disturbing the life. Need of psychiatrist is not always there. It is possible that a small thing may be disturning your life and giving more negative points, he said.