Compiled by Cassie Jewell, LPC, LSATP
Updated July 23, 2018
The following list will link you to a variety of mental health assessments and screenings. While an assessment can not take the place of a clinical diagnosis, it can give you a better idea if what you’re experiencing is “normal” (when compared to the general population). If your results indicate you may have a problem, it would be wise to schedule an appointment with a therapist or psychologist. (Print your results and bring them with you.)
I’ve also listed sites providing links to tools (including PDF printables) for mental health professionals to use with their clients.
Free Online Assessment and Screening Tools for Mental Health
20 Questions: Are You a Compulsive Gambler?
A short interactive self-assessment
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with a variety of health (both physical and mental) conditions in adults. To find your ACE score, take an interactive quiz. Learn more about ACEs on the CDC’s violence prevention webpage.
You can also download the international version (PDF) from the World Health Organization’s Violence and Injury Prevention webpage.
ADAA Screening Tools
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides links to both printable and interactive tests for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. This site does not provide test results. (It’s recommended that you print your results to discuss with a mental health practitioner.) This is an excellent resource for clinicians to print and administer to clients.
Adult ADHD Assessment Tools
Links to a PDF toolkit for clinicians. Includes Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale-V.1.1. (ASRS-V1.1) Symptom Checklist, Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale-V1.1. (ASRS-V1.1) Screener (English), Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale-V1.1. (ASRS-V1.1) Screener (Spanish), Barkley’s Quick-Check for Adult ADHD Diagnosis (Sample), Brief Semi-Structured Interview for ADHD in Adults, Weiss Functional Impairment Rating Scale Self-Report (WFIRS-S), ADHD Medication Side Effects Checklist, Medication Response Form, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS), and CAGE Questionnaire Adapted to Include Drugs
An interactive test that gives personalized results based on age, gender, and drinking patterns
Assessment Instruments Developed at the Center for Trauma and the Community
Access the Trauma History Questionnaire and the Stressful Life Events Screening Questionnaire
Self-assessments to assess interests, skills, and work values
A simple self-assessment tool from Kaiser. Results are provided on a spectrum, ranging from “None” to “Severe” depression.
Domestic Violence Screening Quiz (from PsychCentral)
Interactive test to determine if you’re involved in a dangerous abusive relationship
An interactive test that provides feedback about the likely risks of your drug use and where to find more information, evaluation, and help
Danger Assessment Screening Tool
Clinicians can download a PDF version of this assessment, which helps predict the level of danger in an abusive relationship; this screening tool was developed to predict violence and homicide.
DBSA Mental Health Screening Center
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers screening tools for both children and adults (including versions for parents to answers questions about their child’s symptoms). Take an online assessment for depression, mania, and/or anxiety.
Drug Abuse Screening Test DAST-10
For clinician use, a PDF version of the DAST-10 – does not give results or scoring instructions
For clinical or academic use only. Register to access a variety of assessment tools including Adherence to a Healthy Lifestyle questionnaire (AHLQ), Eating Disorder Inventory, Brief Evaluation of Medication Influences and Beliefs, Marwit Meuser Caregiver Grief Inventory, the Hooked on Nicotine Checklist, Body-Q, and more.
Financial Well-Being Questionnaire
Take this 10-question interactive test and receive a score (along with helpful financial tips)
Grief and Loss Quiz (from PsychCentral)
Take this test to learn if you may be suffering from complicated grief
Happiness Test (from Psychology Today)
A 20-minute interactive test – free snapshot report with the option to buy the full report for $4.95
Interpersonal Communication Skills Inventory
A PDF self-assessment designed to provide insight into communication strengths and areas for development. Includes scoring instructions.
Take this interactive assessment to learn your temperament. (There are four temperaments: Artisan, Guardian, Idealist, and Rational.) My results were consistent with my Myers-Brigg personality type. (Note: You must create an account and enter a password to view your results.)
Library of Scales (from Outcome Tracker)
25 psychiatric scales (PDF documents) to be used by mental health practitioners in clinical practice. Includes Frequency, Intensity, and Burden of Side Effects Ratings; Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence; Fear Questionnaire; Massachusetts General Hospital Hair Pulling Scale; and more. (Note: Some of the assessments have copyright restrictions for use.)
Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale
Take an interactive self-assessment (from the National Social Anxiety Center) to assess for social anxiety
Mental Health Screening Tools
Online screenings for depression, anxiety, bipolar, psychosis, eating disorders, PTSD, and addiction. You can also take a parent test (for a parent to assess their child’s symptoms), a youth test (for a youth to report his/her symptoms), or a workplace health test. The site includes resources and self-help tools.
The Mood Disorder Questionnaire
A PDF screening tool for clinicians to assess symptoms of bipolar disorder
The National Sleep Foundation Sleepiness Test
An interactive test to assess if you are more or less sleepy than the general population
NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Disorders Self-Administered (from the National Council on Problem Gambling)
An interactive 10-question test to assess gambling behaviors
Open Source Psychometrics Project
This site provides a collection of interactive personality and other tests, including the Open Extended Jungian Type Scales, the Evaluations of Attractiveness Scales, and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. On the whole, I’m doubtful of the scientific accuracy of the assessments. (For example, I took the site’s DISC assessment; my score did not match the score I received when I took the certified test through my employer.) Furthermore, the site’s “About” section maintains, “[The site] exists to educate the public… and also to collect research data.” (Collect research data? For who/what?) I would recommend using the site mainly for entertainment purposes (ornot at all if you’re concerned about how your personal data is handled).
Patient Health Questionnaire Screeners
This is a great diagnostic tool for clinicians. Use the drop down arrow to choose a PHQ or GAD screener (which assesses mood, anxiety, eating, sleep, and somatic concerns). The site generates a PDF printable; you can also access the instruction manual. No permission is required to reproduce, translate, display or distribute the screeners.
A variety of interactive assessments that measures your hidden biases
Online self-assessments for addiction, ADHD, aggression, anxiety, autism spectrum, bipolar, depression, eating disorders, OCD, and personality.
Note: These tests may not be entirely accurate. I took the Personality Type Indicator (PTI), which supposedly assesses Myers-Briggs personality type. According to the PTI, I’m an ESFJ… and I’m (indisputably) an INTP. (I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs test, several times, with consistent results.) Then again, I took the Social Phobia Inventory, which correctly assessed my social anxiety, and the Bergen Shopping Addiction Scale, which validated my online shopping habits!
Recovery Assessment Scales
A variety of assessments for individuals recovering from psychiatric illnesses
Risk-Taking Test (from PsychTests)
Self-test to assess your risk-taking behaviors – Receive a snapshot report with an option to buy the full report
Romantic Attachment Quiz (from PsychCentral)
A 41-item quiz to help you determine your romantic attachment style in relationships
SAMHSA Screening Tools
Valid and reliable screening tools for clinicians. This sites links you to PDF versions of assessments/screenings for depression, drug/alcohol use, bipolar disorder, suicide risk, anxiety disorders, and trauma.
The SAPA Project
SAPA stands for “Synthetic Aperture Personality Assessment.” This online personality assessment scores you on 27 “narrow traits,” such as order, impulsivity, and creativity in addition to the “Big Five” (Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Openness). You’re also scored on cognitive ability. This test takes 20-30 minutes to complete and you will receive a full report when finished.
My results were, for the most part, indicative of my personality. Here’s the description from my “Order” score: “Your score on the Order scale indicates that you are low in orderliness. This suggests that tidiness is not a top priority for you… You don’t waste time organizing everything to be just perfect but this means others may sometimes view you to be a bit messy.” (If you’ve seen my desk, you know this to be true!)
SCOFF (A Quick Assessment for Eating Concerns Based on the SCOFF)
A screening tool for eating problems
Links to a PDF version of the SCS (which assesses self-kindness, self-judgment, mindfulness, and more)
Sexual Addiction Screening (from PsychCentral)
A brief screening measure to help you determine if you are struggling with sexual addiction
A fun site for personality tests. (For entertainment only purposes!)
Sleep Assessments from Sleep and Chronobiology Center (University of Pittsburgh)
Download PDF versions of instruments to assess sleep quality, including the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the Insomnia Symptom Questionnaire
Sleep Disorders Screening Survey
A short, interactive test to screen for sleep disorders
A PDF version of the Stages of Change Readiness and Treatment Eagerness Scale for clinicians to assess readiness to change in alcohol users
Stanford Medicine WellMD
Self-tests for altruism, anxiety, burnout, depression, emotional intelligence, empathy, happiness, mindfulness, physical fitness, PTSD, relationship trust, self-compassion, sleepiness, stress, substance use, and work-life balance
The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
Links to several downloadable versions of the SDQ, which is designed to measure behavioral issues in children ages 4-17
Stress Self-Assessments (from The American Institute of Stress)
A variety of self-assessments to measure stress
Stress Test (from PsychCentral)
A 5-minute interactive test to measure your stress level
Suicide Risk Screening Tool
One-page PDF screening tool for clinicians (from the National Institute of Mental Health)
A PDF-version of Princeton University’s tool to measure your wellness in seven dimensions (emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual) – Calculate your results and then create an action plan.
The World Sleep Study
Take this short test to learn your sleep score and then answer additional questions to create a sleep profile.
If you know of a free online assessment for mental health that’s not listed in this post, please share in a comment! Contact me if a link is not working.