Mental health rating scale to help determine need for professional help

Mental health rating scale to help determine need for professional help

The state of mental health is tied to a great degree to the level of pain a person experiences. Those who have a sounder mental health are likely to recuperate easily and experience less pain on a day-to-day basis compared to those who are suffering from mental ailments. People who have a mental health condition complain of pain in various body parts and fret when things do not go their way. They could also have a nagging pain similar to a migraine pain.

As is the case with pain, even a person’s mental condition is subjective and open to interpretation. An episode of blues could be a temporary mood swing, which could go away with some distraction, or it could be an outcome of some chronic condition, which could result in suicide if assistance is not provided in time.

There are many rating scales for testing the severity of a depression or anxiety or any other mental health condition afflicting the individual. Quite recently, a blogger who has struggled with mental health issues came up with a rating scale to help others realize how they are faring in terms of mental well-being. Though it provides a clue on how the various stages of mental illnesses look like, it is better to approach a psychiatrist for better understanding.

The blog – The Graceful Patient – mentions a mental health pain scale similar to the pain scale – ranging from 1 to 10 – that is used in hospitals to access when help is required. Rori mentions that the rating has helped her in times of crisis, and hopes others would benefit from it as well. Here is how she rated mental health pains:

1: This is the state when everything is okay.

2: Though the person is slightly disappointed or wary of the pain or condition, he/she can be easily brightened or distracted.

3: The person may seem worried, maybe due to being tired or hungry. However, he/she has been able to manage it. Till this stage, it’s not a matter of concern.

4: This is when things begin to look bad. The person may find it a bad day (or days), but is able to pull through by focusing on the fact that he/she is doing good in spite of the troubles.

5: This is the state when mental health starts impacting day-to-day life. It is now time to consult a doctor.

6: During this phase, certain negative thoughts crop up and no amount of self-control can help one in getting rid of them.

7: Characterized by avoidance of all things – big and small – that could make one feel more distressed; e.g., avoiding going to work or meeting friends.

8: When one comes to this stage, it is apparent to one and all that the person is distraught and needs help. While in the earlier stages the depression or anxiety was concealed, here it becomes evident.

9: The risks of causing self-harm is high at this stage. The person shuts himself up and is in dire need of help. Helplines are important means to release the pent up stress.

10: Though the tipping point is stage 5, this is the stage when the person feels that there is no hope left. He/she could have thoughts of suicide as due to the belief that things will never get better. It is necessary to seek professional help immediately.

Finding help

While it is difficult to diagnose the mental condition of a person merely on the basis of how he/she feels, the mental health rating scale can be a useful tool to decide when to see a doctor. However, one should not wait if the signs of trouble are apparent.

The 247 Mental Health Helpline can help you or your loved ones find a treatment program best suited to your needs. To learn more, call our 247 helpline number (855) 653-8178 or chat online at our mental health live chat. Through our 24/7 helpline and mental help chat, we can provide the information you might need for the right help.