Do I Need Therapy? Quiz

Use this brief, time-saving questionnaire to help determine if you need to see a mental health professional for further diagnosis and treatment of a life problem or issue. Psychotherapy is a common treatment for mental disorders, and is generally safer with fewer side effects than psychiatric medications. Most people benefit from therapy treatment, although the first therapist you start with may not be the one you end up. This quiz can help you determine whether you may need help for a concerning life issue.

The 12 items below refer to how you have felt and behaved DURING THE PAST MONTH. For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true, by checking the appropriate box next to the item.


1. I am concerned about a behavior, feeling, or something I am doing.

2. This behavior or feeling has been getting worse in the past few weeks.

3. I have tried stopping or reducing this behavior or feeling on my own.

4. My attempts at stopping or reducing this behavior or feeling have been successful.

5. I rely on my friends or family to help me with my current troubles.

6. I am finding it more difficult to cope with things than usual.

7. I am having trouble concentrating at work or school.

8. I like to think things through or talk about things that bother me.

9. I have talked to my family doctor or healthcare professional about the behavior or feeling that’s troubling me.

10. I have talked to my friends or family about the behavior or feeling that’s troubling me.

11. I have read books or went on the Internet to discover more about the behavior or feeling that’s troubling me.

12. I’ve been in therapy before and it’s helped me.


Learn More About Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is known by many names, such as talk therapy, counseling, or just plain therapy. Whatever it’s called, it’s the process of talking through a problem or concern in one’s life, and working with a trained professional to find new ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving toward that problem. Often this involves changing the way a person thinks or behaves, through a process of observation and journaling. Once understood, the behavior or thoughts can be gradually changed over time through a series of scientifically-sound therapeutic techniques.

Psychotherapy is a safe and effective process, and usually carries fewer side effects than psychiatric medications. While both can be used to treat mental disorders, therapy teaches a person a series of skills and new ways of coping and behaving that can be carried throughout their life, long after the therapy has ended. Psychotherapy is usually conducted once a week for approximately 45-50 minutes in a therapist’s office, with both the client and professional sitting facing each other while talking.

Psychotherapy is usually affordable, as it is a covered treatment under most people’s health insurance plan. Affordable, convenient alternatives, such as online therapy, are also available if a person cannot get to see a therapist on a weekly basis.

Learn more: An Introduction to Psychotherapy

Learn more: Understanding Different Approaches to Psychotherapy

If you’re ready to give therapy or counseling a try, check out our free therapist directory to find a therapist you can start working with today.


John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2020). Do I Need Therapy? Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 4, 2020, from


Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 18 Jun 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Jun 2020
Published on All rights reserved.