If you’ve ever been in the hospital recovering from a surgery, you know the health care providers will ask you to “rate” your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, so they can administer pain relief if you need it. But assessing mental-health distress doesn’t have a simple 1-10 scale, because mental health isn’t as straightforward as physical pain. But nonetheless, people suffering from depression, anxiety, or other disorders might find it helpful to take a look at this “mental health pain scale” to assess how they’re feeling from day to day. Rori, the blogger behind The Graceful Patient, created one for herself when she felt like patients needed a shorthand to communicate the state of their mental health, from Level 1 ( “Everything is a-okay!”) to Level 10 (“Contact a crisis line immediately.”) The tipping point into contacting a medical professional is level 5: “Your mental health is starting to impact on your everyday life. Easy things are becoming difficult. You should talk to your doctor.” It’s important to note that Rori isn’t a medical professional herself—her blog is about her struggles with chronic illness. And there are, as she points out, other mental-health assessment tools, like the… Read full this story
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