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Self-Assessments for Mental Health

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The following Self-Assessment tools are 100% confidential, and will be reviewed by a Licensed Clinician who will reach out to you directly to discuss your score, and next steps.

Why Should I do a Self-Assessment for  Mental Health or Addiction?

Self assessment tools for mental health are crucial in promoting a positive and proactive approach to mental wellness. By taking time to reflect on one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, individuals can gain insight into their mental state and identify areas that need improvement. These tools can also help individuals identify potential mental health conditions and provide them with the necessary information to seek professional help. Furthermore, self assessment tools can serve as a measure of progress for those who are undergoing treatment and allow them to track their mental health journey. In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to neglect our mental wellbeing, but self assessment tools provide us with a simple yet effective means.


The AUDIT-C (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption) is a widely used self-assessment tool for evaluating alcohol consumption and related problems. It is particularly important for mental health because excessive alcohol use can have a negative impact on an individual’s mental wellbeing. The AUDIT-C assesses an individual’s alcohol consumption patterns, including the frequency and quantity of alcohol use, as well as the presence of any related problems. This information can help individuals identify harmful drinking behaviors and the potential for developing an alcohol use disorder, which can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. 


The DAST-10 (Drug Abuse Screening Test-10) is a widely used self-assessment tool for evaluating substance use and related problems. It is a 10-item questionnaire that assesses the presence and severity of substance use problems over the past year. The questions focus on various aspects of substance use, including the frequency and quantity of substance use, problems related to substance use, and efforts to reduce or quit substance use.


TAPS 1 & 2

The TAPS tool part 1 is a 4 item screening tool for tobacco use, alcohol use, prescription medication misuse, and illicit substance use in the past year. Question 2 should only be answered by Males, and Question 3 should only be females. Each of the 4 multiple choice item has 5 possible responses. 


The TAPS tool part 2 is a brief assessment for tobacco, alcohol, illicit substance use, and prescription medication misuse in the past 3 months only. Each of the questions has two possible answer choices.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Assessment

The Center for Disease Control’s Adverse Childhood Experience Study has identifed 10 kinds of traumatic events that often occur in familes that are “stressed out” by things like substance use, extreme poverty, mental illness, being homeless, or being moved around all the time. Having things like this happen in childhood can have a lasting effect on your physical and mental health. 

DSM – 5  Criteria Diagnosis of Alcohol Use Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) is the primary tool used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental health conditions. The DSM-5 criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) provide a standardized framework for identifying and diagnosing this condition.

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)

This tool assesses the symptoms of depression and can help individuals determine if they may have depression and the severity of their symptoms.

The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7 (GAD-7)

This tool assesses symptoms of anxiety and can help individuals determine if they may have generalized anxiety disorder and the severity of their symptoms.

The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)

This tool assesses symptoms of depression and can help individuals determine the severity of their depression symptoms.

The Mental Health Inventory (MHI-5)

This tool is a brief screening tool that assesses overall mental health and well-being.

The Stress Symptoms Checklist

This tool assesses stress symptoms and can help individuals determine if they may be experiencing high levels of stress.

It’s important to remember that these self-assessment tools should not be used as the sole basis for making decisions about mental health and well-being. If an individual is experiencing significant symptoms or is unsure about their mental health, it is best to seek the advice of a mental health professional.


If you or a loved one is in need of mental health help please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Center via phone 610-563-2752 or email:

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