Please note that while mental health quizzes are common, the term “crazy” is not a word that should linked to mental health concerns. “Crazy” is not a diagnosis. In our society, “crazy” has multiple meanings—some of which are demeaning, disrespectful, or just unkind. So, let’s talk about mental health “quizzes,” but leave the “crazy” behind.
There are many mental illnesses; they include diagnoses such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, ADHD, substance abuse disorder, and more. Each mental health disorder may have different or a combination of causes, symptoms, and varying treatment options. To be evaluated for a mental illness, you cannot—and should not—rely on the results of a quiz online. Licensed mental health professionals or your primary care physician can offer thorough assessments, diagnoses, treatments options, and resources for help and healing.
Whether you believe you may have a mental health disorder or your just curious about your mental health, you may be tempted to take an online quiz to screen for symptoms to see if you are in a high-risk category, but you should be careful about these types of quizzes. The results may be inaccurate, and the quizzes themselves are likely not valid tools and not designed by licensed mental health professionals or diagnosticians. If you do take a quiz and have concerns or believe your results indicate a mental illness, following up with a visit to a healthcare provider for legitimate, trustworthy advice can be in your best interest.
Types of “Mental Health” Quizzes
Some of the mental health quizzes you find online are not remotely scientific and are often unreliable. Regardless of how "accurate" and "official" they claim to be, most of these were intended for entertainment. Even those that seem reputable are not diagnostic tools and should not be relied on to determine if you are experiencing a mental health issue. Also, because these tests are self-reported and not administered by a professional, the validity of the results are likely not accurate and cannot be used to make a diagnosis.
Just for Entertainment
If you type "Am I Crazy?" into your search bar, you will get millions of results, some of which may include:
These may be diversions, but none of these are reliable tests. The questions are silly and satirical, and you should not take the results seriously.
If You Want to Take An Online Mental Health Quiz
If you decide to take an online mental health quiz, it is crucial to remember their limitations and that they do not offer a diagnosis. Mental Health America (MHA), the largest U.S. nonprofit dedicated to addressing mental needs of those living with a mental health disorder and to promoting the mental health of all, offers several questions/tests about symptoms of various mental health conditions, as well as resources for taking care of your mental health. MHA emphasizes the that mental healthcare providers can offer full assessments and discuss options for how you can feel better.
Do You Really Have a Mental Illness? An Online Quiz Can’t Tell You
First and foremost, it's important for you to know that only a clinical diagnosis from a professional can reveal whether or not you are living with a mental health disorder. Also, it can be helpful to know that mental health and a mental health disorder are not the same thing. You can experience challenges to your mental health—like stress or a low mood—without having a mental illness. You can also have a mental health disorder but experience times of positive mental health. Ultimately, each individual is different and unique, as is their health.
10 Quiz-Free At-Home Tips to Support Mental Health
If you are trying to manage your mental health, taking an online mental health quiz may not be the most helpful at-home strategy. Instead, in addition to reaching out for help from a licensed mental health professional, the following research-based tools to support your mental wellness can be effective:
1) Practice Gratitude:
Research shows that gratitude—feeling and giving thanks—is linked to greater happiness and has many health benefits, including increased feelings of well-being and self-esteem, protection against stress, more positive relationships, a greater sense of meaning, protection against depression, a boost to the immune system, better blood pressure, and improved sleep habits. Giving thanks is good for the body and the mind. You can reap the benefits of gratitude by practicing it daily and intentionally. Be conscious of the small, good things (name them or write them down), which can be a mighty force for happiness.
2) Build Your Resilience:
When the going gets tough, how do you react? Resilience is the practice of bouncing back, even in the face of problems and challenges. Resilience can help you not only survive but thrive. Ways to build resilience include building positive connections with others (a support system); working on a healthy, positive acceptance of yourself, your strengths, and your problem-solving skills; purposefully focusing on hope and a hopeful outlook; address problems when they arise; believing that crises can be faced when and if they arise; and embracing change and learning from experience.
3) Grow Your Mindset:
Having a growth mindset means you believe you have the capacity to grow and adapt, and you’re willing to put in the effort to do so. To develop a growth mindset, try viewing challenges and mistakes as opportunities for progress and growth; recognize that imperfections are a reality, as is your capacity for self-improvement; address challenges; set realistic, specific goals and strive to meet them; grow your grit (perseverance even when life presents challenges).
4) Work on Healthy Coping Skills: Healthy coping skills are positive ways to manage challenges or problematic situations. Healthy coping skills include problem-solving to find productive solutions; seeking support when needed from friends, family, loved ones, or professionals; accepting and letting go of imperfections; facing problems with a healthy, productive, respectful approach; adjusting expectations if life throws you a curve ball; knowing when to let go and move forward.
5) Practice Good Self-Care:
Self-care means purposefully taking steps to support your mental and physical health. Positive self-care steps for wellness include calming your mind and managing stress (deep breathing and stepping outside for fresh air are quick calming activities); eating regularly and nutritiously; getting enough sleep (7+ hours for adults; 8+ for teens) and maintaining a regular, healthy sleep pattern; focusing on positive relationships with others; exercising; and prioritizing and managing your time (including knowing when to say no).
6) Know that Kindness Matters—and Act on It:
Being kind is a win-win. It benefits both the recipient and the giver. Mental health benefits of kindness include enhanced self-esteem and feelings of compassion; a boost in mood; a decrease in blood pressure and the stress hormone cortisol; an increase in levels of serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins in the brain, which are linked to satisfaction, well-being, and pain relief; a fulfilling sense of connecting with others.
7) Manage Stress:
Stress management tips include identifying stressors and brainstorming ways to manage them; taking care of yourself with exercise, nutrition, and healthy sleep patterns; learning to prioritize, plan, and accomplish what is realistic; taking time to relax; changing your outlook by considering positive alternatives when thoughts are negative; and recognizing and accepting what you can’t change.
Being an optimist—someone who is hopeful and positive—is associated with lower levels of stress and better health. Optimism does not mean putting on blinders to avoid seeing reality. It means approaching reality with a positive and productive attitude. You can learn to be an optimist by practicing positive self-talk; making a conscious effort to notice your feelings and then addressing them positively; connecting with positive people and avoiding negative talk; considering what can go right instead of wrong; focusing on what you can do instead of what you can’t do.
9) Helping Yourself and Helping Others:
Research shows that those who help others experience less depression, better health, and a greater sense of calm. Helping others boosts positive feelings of being needed and valued; a solid human connection; a break from your own worries; seeing others’ perspectives; and a sense of meaning and purpose.
10) A Sense of Purpose:
Research shows that having a meaningful sense of purpose is associated with contentment and happiness. Tips for finding a sense of purpose include setting healthy long-term and short-term goals and working to achieve them; developing meaningful relationships and connections; engaging in activities that you find gratifying, rewarding, or fun.
If you have mental health concerns, your primary care physician, insurance company, or community health center or service are good resources for finding help. Connecting with a licensed mental health professional online can also be a great option. There are over 4,000 licensed professionals available to talk, text or video chat with you on BetterHelp. No referrals are necessary, and options for therapy are convenient and accessible.