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.


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.


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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.

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Grohol, J. (2020). Do I Need Therapy? Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 24, 2020, from


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Last updated: 17 Jan 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Jan 2020
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