Should I Go To A Psychiatrist?
Hello Doc .. A few months ago I used the Psycom.net website for depression and bipolar tests, recently I also tried a schizophrenia test, all the results are moderate indications. Approximately what percentage of the website’s accuracy in analyzing mental disorders? Should I go to a psychiatrist? Previously, thank you for your attention, Doctor.
Hello Eka Kusuma,
The psycom site you mentioned is a site that was originally formed by a psychiatrist (mental health specialist). There are several online tests in which the patient must answer a number of questions to analyze your risk of experiencing mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and so forth. There are no medical studies that study how accurate the tests on the site are.
The tests provided are more self-assessment and screening. A definitive diagnosis of a mental disorder requires a complete history taking by a psychiatrist with standardized instruments (such as a questionnaire). Each mental disorder, both depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder has unique diagnostic criteria that must be met in order to diagnose a patient suffering from the disorder. In mental disorders, which is typical is the emergence of a hindaya or disruption in the daily activities of patients to interpersonal interactions of the patient.
For example as follows:
Depression disorders must be found in 2 of the 3 main symptoms + 2 of the other symptoms observed / felt by patients with a minimum duration of 2 weeks
The main symptoms: excessive sadness, loss of interest / joy, decreased energy and productivity
Other symptoms: decreased attention / concentration, decreased self-confidence, guilt and worthlessness, bleak future outlook, suicidal thoughts or self-injury, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite
Schizophrenia disorders that last for at least 6 months and include
at least 1 month active phase symptoms.
Positive symptoms: delusions (erroneous - false beliefs that are difficult to break. For example: feeling he is the child of Godsaken)
Negative symptoms: apathy, withdrawal, decreased thinking and affect
Cognitive symptoms (usually after prolonged suffering): memory disorders, attention, executive function disorders
Bipolar disorder is more broadly diagnosed because it includes manic episodes and depressive episodes.
Anyone can come and consult a psychiatrist. Everyone must feel stress in life and each person has a different way of dealing with it (coping mechanism). If you feel symptoms of depression (let alone self-harm ideas or suicides), experience repeated hallucinations, excessive fear that makes you helpless, compulsive behavior that makes you lose or fall into a dangerous situation, drastic mood changes from overflowing happiness to very sad and vice versa, you should consult directly with a psychiatrist.
By visiting a psychiatrist you can describe in full the problems you face, the symptoms you feel, and from the consultation you can get a diagnosis. If a mental disorder is found, it will be followed by therapy in the form of psychotherapy and the addition of drugs.
Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.