Quizzes and Treatments

Quizzes and Treatments

 
  • Do you think you may worry excessively about things? Are you overly sensitive at times?

    Yes/No_______ Do you worry excessively, occurring often, for a period of 6 months?
    Yes/No_______ Would others consider your worry unreasonable about activities or events, such as, school, work, or your health?
    Yes/No_______ Do you have the inability to control the worry?
    Yes/No_______ Are you unable to relax, feeling keyed-up, or on edge?
    Yes/No_______ Do you feel easily tired/bored?
    Yes/No_______ Experience concentration problems?
    Yes/No_______ Irritability?
    Yes/No_______ Muscle feel tense?
    Yes/No_______ Is falling or staying asleep difficult, or do you have unsatisfying and restless sleep?
    Yes/No_______ Is your anxiety interfering with your daily life?
    Yes/No_______ Have you experienced changes in eating or sleeping habits?

    Yes/No_______ Disinterested in general life around you?
    Yes/No_______ A sense of worthless or guilt?

    During the last year, has the use of alcohol or drugs…

    Yes/No_______ Resulted in your failure to fulfill responsibilities with family, work, relationships, school ?
    Yes/No_______ Have you placed yourself in a dangerous situation, such as driving a car under the influence?
    Yes/No_______ Continued using despite causing problems for you or those around you?

    For treatment see depression quiz.

    Reference:
    Wendy Limarzi; Depression & Relationship Counselling Services, Windsor, ON 2015

    Download and Print this Anxiety Quiz and Treatment Assessment.

  • Depression is a very serious health concern, especially if left untreated. If you have been sad and gloomy for more than 6 months read this quiz.
    Not at all: 1         Several days: 2         More than half the days: 3        Nearly every day: 4
    1._______ Little interest or pleasure in doing things
    2._______ Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
    3._______ Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
    4._______ Feeling tired or having little energy
    5._______ Poor appetite or overeating
    6._______ Feeling bad about yourself—or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
    7._______ Trouble concentrating on things such as reading the newspaper or watching television
    8._______ Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed? Or the opposite—being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual
    9._______ Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way

    If you clicked on any problems above, how difficult have they made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people?

    Not difficult at all       Somewhat difficult        Very difficult         Extremely difficult

    Treatment

    Depression and anxiety is highly treatable, especially in the early stages. Coming for solution based counselling is sometimes all that is needed. Other times, an addition of medication is warranted along with counselling.

    Reference

    Based on Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9)

    Download and Print this Depression Quiz and Treatment Assessment.

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder is easy to mistake for being a “clean freak.” Eventually it will take over your life and rob you of your happiness and relationships. Concerned? Read the quiz.

    Yes/ No _______ Do you have to check things over and over or repeat actions numerous times to be sure they are done properly?
    Yes/ No _______ Do you wash a part of yourself or things around you excessively?
    Yes / No _______ Are you persistently concerned that something horrible will happen because you forgot something significant, like locking the door or turning off an appliance?
    Yes / No _______ Do you have unwanted, images, impulses or ideas that seem trivial, or horrible or offensive?
    Yes / No _______ Are you afraid you speak or act aggressively when you really don’t want to?
    Yes / No _______ Are you always fearful you will lose something of value?
    Yes / No _______ Are there things you feel you must do repeatedly or thoughts you must think repetitively to feel comfortable or ease anxiety?
    Yes / No _______ Do you worry disproportionately about, germs, or chemicals, dirt, ect?
    Yes / No _______ Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep, or experience twitchy and unsettled sleep
    Yes / No _______ Do you ever experience “jelly” legs?
    Yes /No _______ Do you experience shortness of breath?
    Yes / No_______ Do you find yourself avoidingpeople or situations, or do you worry about hurting others by destructive actions or words?
    Yes / No_______ Do you find yourself keeping many useless things because you feel that you are unable to throw them away?
    Having more than one illness at the same time can make it difficult to diagnose and treat the different conditions. Depression and substance abuse are among the conditions that occasionally complicate obsessive-compulsive disorder.
    Yes/ No _______ Have changes in sleeping or eating habits become an issue?

    Yes/ No _______ Do you feel so overwhelmed by your thoughts that you become disinterested in life?
    Yes/ No_______ Are you sad or depressed/feel worth or guilty?

    During the last year, has the use of alcohol or drugs…

    Yes/ No_______ Resulted in your failure to fulfill responsibilities with family work, relationships, or school ?
    Yes/ No_______ Have you continued in spite of it causing problems for you and the people you love ?

    Yes / No _______Have you placed yourself in a dangerous situation, such as driving a car under the influence?

    OCD can be treated with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

    Download and Print this Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Quiz and Treatment Assessment.

  • A panic attack is the sudden onset of intense discomfort or fear that reaches a peak within minutes. It includes at least three of the following symptoms:

    • Heat sensations or chills
    • Sensations of shortness of breath or suffocating
    • Shaking or Trembling
    • A feeling of dizziness, feeling faint or light-headed
    • Fear of dying
    • Paresthesia ( tingling or numbness sensations)
    • A fear of losing control or “going crazy”
    • Sweating
    • Nausea or abdominal discomfort
    • Feelings of Derealization ( a sense of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
    • Heart palpitations, or accelerated heart rate
    • Chest pain or distress

    Several of the symptoms of panic disorder feel the same as having a minor heart attack, thyroid problems, breathing disorder and other illnesses. Because of this, people with panic disorder frequently make numerous visits to emergency rooms or doctors’ offices, convinced they have a life-threatening issue.

    A lot of people suffer in silence because they don’t believe what they have is real. In the past it may have taken months or years and lots of frustration before getting a proper diagnosis. Some people are embarrassed to tell anyone, including their doctors or loved ones about what they are experiencing for fear of being seen as a hypochondriac. Instead, they may distancing themselves from a high trained therapist who can treat them today.

  • Have you experienced a traumatic event and may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Read this quiz.
    Yes No_______ Have you witnessed or experienced a life-threatening incident that caused intense fear, terror or helplessness?
    Do you re-experience the event in at least one of the following ways?
    Yes/ No _______ Do you have feelings as if the event were happening again (flashbacks or a sense of reliving it)
    Yes/ No _______ Recurring, disturbing memories, or dreams?
    Yes / No _______ Do you have intense emotional and/or physical distress when you are exposed to things that remind you of what happened?
    Do reminders of the event affect you in at least three of the following ways?
    Yes / No _______ Do you feel detached from important people?
    Yes / No _______ Do you feel emotionally numb?
    Yes / No _______ Do you avoid feelings, thoughts or conversations about it?
    Yes / No _______ Have you lost interest in your favorite activities?
    Yes/ No _______ Do you have memory blanking on important parts?
    Yes/ No _______ Find yourself avoiding places, people or activities that remind you of the event?
    Yes/ No _______ Have a sense that your future has withered? For example, your marriage is in crisis, you can’t relate to your children, your job is in jeopardy or you may die early.
    Yes/ No_______ Concentration Problems.
    Yes/ No_______ An “on guard” feeling.
    Yes/ No _______ Sleeping problems.
    Yes/ No _______ Outbursts of anger or Irritability.
    Yes/ No _______ An exaggerated startle response.
    Having more than one illness at the same time can make it difficult to diagnose and treat the different conditions. Depression and substance abuse are among the conditions that complicate PTSD and other anxiety disorders.
    Yes / No _______ Do you feel sad or depressed worthless or guilty?
    Yes / No _______ Have you experienced changes in sleeping and eating habits?
    Yes / No _______ Do you feel so overwhelmed that you are disinterested in life?

    During the last year, has the use of alcohol or drugs…
    Yes / No _______ Resulted in your failure to fulfill responsibilities with family work, relationships, or school ?
    Yes / No _______ Have you continued using in spite of it causing problems for you and the people you love?

    Yes No Have you placed yourself in a dangerous situation, such as driving a car under the influence?

    If you are needing treatment for PTSD cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a proven success. This approach teaches you to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. CBT also helps with nightmares and the anxiety and depression that accompany PTSD. Call me today.

    Download and Print this Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Quiz and Treatment Assessment.

  • Q&A on Stress for Adults:

    How it affects your health and what you can do about it

    Stress management is very important for us to learn as we age. Even children should start learning how to cope with the continuous demands on sometimes chaotic life. Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Some people just cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events better than others. It’s important to know your limits when it comes to stress to avoid more serious health effects.

    What is stress?

    Stress can be defined as the brain and bod’s response to any demand. Many things trigger the stress response, including change. Changes can be positive or negative, as well as reality or perception. They may be long-term, short-term, and may include mild things like work adjustments, a renovation to a new home or fun things like traveling for a yearly vacation. Some changes are major, such as marriage or divorce, serious illness, or a car accident. Other changes are extreme, such as being the victim of a violent crime, and can lead to traumatic stress reactions.( See PTSD link).

    How does stress affect the body?

    Not all stress is bad. All humans have a stress response, which can be life-saving in some situations. The nerve chemicals and hormones that are released during such stressful times, prepares you to face a threat or flee to safety. When you face a dangerous situation, your pulse quickens, your muscles tense, you breath quicker, your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity—all functions aimed at survival.
    However, with chronic stress, those same nerve chemicals that are life-saving in short spurts can suppress functions that aren’t needed for immediate survival. Your immunity is lowered and your digestive, and reproductive and excretory systems stop working normally. Once the threat has passed, other body systems act to restore normal functioning. The problem happens when the stress response goes on too long, or if the response lingers after the danger has diminished.

    How does stress affect your overall health?

    The three different types of stress I will address here all carry mental and physical health risks They are:

    •  Routine stress.This kind is associated with the pressures of family, work and other daily day-to day responsibilities.
    •  Sudden stress brought about by negative change, such as divorce, job loss or serious illness.
    •  Traumatic stress, experienced in an event like a major accident, victim of a crime or assault, a natural disaster where one may be seriously hurt or in danger of being killed.

    The body responds to each type of stress in similar ways. People may feel it in different ways. For example, some people experience mainly digestive (bodily) symptoms, while others may have sleeplessness or headaches (physical), or depressed mood, anger and irritability (emotional);. People under chronic stress are predisposed to more frequent illnesses, such as the flu or common cold, and vaccines, such as the flu shot, are less effective for them.

    Out of the three types of stress, problems from routine stress may be the most difficult to notice at first. Because the source of stress is more constant than in cases of acute or traumatic stress, the body does not get a clear signal to return to normal functioning. Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may lead to serious health problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart issues, anxiety/depression anxiety, and other illnesses.

    How can I cope with stress?

    The effects of stress build up over time. Taking practical steps to maintain your health and keep a positive outlook can reduce or prevent these effects. The following are some tips that may help you to cope with stress:

    •  Seek help from a qualified mental health care provider if you are overwhelmed, have suicidal thoughts, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope.
    •  Learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload.
    •  Avoid dwelling on problems. If you can’t do this on your own, seek help from a qualified mental health professional who can guide you.
    •  Recognize signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, and having low energy.
    •  Set priorities-decide what must get done and what can wait.
    •  Get proper health care for existing or new health problems.
    •  Note what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
    •  Stay in touch with people who can provide emotional and other support. Ask for help to reduce stress due to work burdens or family issues, such as caring for a loved one.
    •  Schedule regular times for healthy and relaxing activities.
    •  Exercise regularly-just 30 minutes per day of gentle walking can help boost mood and reduce stress.

    Download and Print this Q&A on Stress Management for Adults.

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include trouble paying attention and sustaining focus, difficulty regulating behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity). 

    Causes

    Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD, although many studies suggest that genes play a large role. Like many other illnesses, ADHD probably results from a combination of factors. In addition to genetics, researchers are looking at possible environmental factors, like pollution, and are studying how brain injuries, nutrition, and the social environment might contribute to ADHD.

    Sugar & Food additives The idea that refined sugar causes ADHD or makes symptoms worse is popular, but more research discounts this theory than supports it. In one study, researchers gave children foods containing either sugar or a sugar substitute every other day. The children who received sugar showed no different learning capabilities or negative behaviourthan those who received the sugar substitute. Recent British research indicates a possible link between consumption of certain food additives like artificial colors or preservatives, and an increase in hyperactivity. Research is under way to confirm these findings.

    Signs & Symptoms

    It is typical for all children to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive sometimes, but for ADHD, these behaviors are more dramatic and occur more frequently. If this sounds like your child please call me today.

  • You should feel freedom to do what you want to do in your relationship. Are you concerned your partner is too controlling? Read this quiz.

    1. Never      2. Occasionally       3.Most of the time       4. All of the time

    1. _______ There are things my partner doesn’t allow me to do or to be involved with (or gets very angry if I do.)
    2. _______ My partner uses guilt, shame, or the silent treatment to get me to do what s/he wants me to do.
    3. _______ My partner uses, yelling, anger or rage to get me to do what s/he wants me to do.
    4. _______ My partner tries to control what I wear, telling me how I should dress, how I should look, etc.
    5. _______ My partner uses religion to try to control things I do, think, or feel.
    6. _______ My partner gets frustrated or angry when things aren’t going his/her way and makes my life miserable.
    7. _______ My partner gets angry or treats me with contempt if I make a mistake.
    8. _______ When I disagree, my partner continues to explain or argue until I yield.
    9. _______ When I don’t agree with my partner – or if I do something s/he doesn’t like – my partner becomes critical or sarcastic.
    10. _______ My partner has me on a strict allowance so that s/he has control over most of the money that comes into our household.
    11. _______ My partner believes I NEED his/her leadership and direction.
    12. _______ My partner steps in and solves my problems even if I have not asked nor want him/her to be involved.
    13. _______ My partner corrects what I say or what I do, telling me what I should have said or how I should have done it.
    14. _______ My partner expects me to do things and think the way s/he does; believes his/her way is better.(Examples: tells me how to drive, tells me what to say to my friends, tells me how I should deal with situations, etc.)
    15. _______ My partner tries to make my choices for me. (Example: tells me what I should order in the restaurant)
    16. _______ My partner dismisses my opinions or knowledge as being incorrect or even stupid.
    17. _______ My partner takes over a task I am doing because s/he feels s/he can do it better.
    18. _______ My partner avoids discussing important matters with me, leaving me to handle matters on my own, and then getting angry if I did it in a way that s/he doesn’t approve.
    19. _______ My partner treats me as if I am incompetent.
    20. _______ My partner negatively affects my self-esteem.
    21. _______ My partner lectures me or talks to me like I am a child.
    22. _______ My partner checks my phone, emails, Facebook pages, etc. so that s/he will know what I am doing or who I communicate with.
    23. _______ My partner sneaks to find information about me that s/he can use to criticize or condemn.
    24. _______ My partner gets upset or angry if s/he doesn’t know where I am.
    25. _______ My partner tries to keep me from spending time with family or friends, or gets angry if I spend time with family or friends.
    26. _______ My partner tells other people things about me so that s/he can isolate me from others.
    27. _______My partner finds ways to make his/her errors or shortcomings my fault.
    28. _______ My partner demands that I wear apparel that I do not feel comfortable wearing.
    29. _______ My partner demands or pressures me to participate in sexual acts that I do not wish to do.
    30. _______ My partner gets angry if I am not ready for sex anytime s/he wants it.

    If you see yourself in these questions, it’s time to call for help.

Contact me today!