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A handy tool for assessing your state of mind

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am
 

Mental Health Wellness
Free
Rating 7/10

The authors of this app, Dr Melvyn Zhang, National Healthcare Group, Singapore and Dr Mak Kwok-kei of the faculty of medicine at Chinese University of Hong Kong, say that mental health disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent.

These disorders are unique because there are no diagnostic tools to ascertain whether one has a particular disorder, they say.

This app serves as a diagnostic tool for frontline health workers such as doctors and nurses. There are detailed breakdowns of various mental illnesses and information on suitable medication for psychotic disorders.

I avoided this section and browsed through the basic mental health wellness questionnaires, which are available in English, Cantonese and Putonghua.

The purpose is to screen for the four main psychiatric disorders prevalent in Asia: depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and psychosis. The questionnaire functionality on the phone is very low-tech. You need a pencil or a very reliable memory to track your score, and the results are sent by e-mail. There is a long list of help centres if you feel that you might need support.

This app may be most useful for people who know someone who is in distress, and want to evaluate whether they should push them to seek help.

Available at mhwell.com

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