If your answer is yes (or even maybe) to any of the questions, click and learn more:
Do you have a problem with drinking or substance use or a behaviour like gambling? Has your drinking or substance use been excessive, out of control, caused problems at home or at work or with the law?
Addiction or drug abuse
Are you especially anxious, fearful or panicky? Do you always worry too much? Are you excessively fearful of things you know you shouldn’t be that afraid of, so that you go out of your way to avoid them? Do you have obsessions or compulsions?
Do you have problems with concentration and distractibility?
Have you experienced mood swings – periods of depression preceded or followed by feeling so good, high, hyper or irritable that you were not yourself and have gotten into trouble?
For children: Does your child have delays in development of intellectual, academic, motor, communication or social skills? Does your child have sudden rapid body movements or vocalizations that he or she can’t help doing (tics)? Does your child have severe difficulty separating from you? Has your child had behaviour problems that go far beyond the usual, and cause serious problems for the child and for others? Is your child (or were you) hyperactive or easily distracted?
Childhood or adolescent difficulties
Do you feel sad much of the time? Does it seem as if nothing feels good and as if you don’t care about anything?
Do you have a problem with binge eating or purging? Do you weigh much less than you should and are you excessively worried about being or becoming fat?
After at least 1 year (6 months for children) following the loss of a loved one, are you still feeling as bad (or worse) and having significant difficulty coping and functioning?
Grief or bereavement
Is your personality more of a liability than an asset? Do you have life-long patterns of thinking, behaving and relating to others that keep you from getting what you want out of life?
Have you gone from doctor to doctor with concerns about physical symptoms, your physical health or appearance – without receiving enough help or reassurance? Are you struggling to cope emotionally or psychologically with a serious or chronic physical illness or disability?
Physical symptoms and illness
Do you have serious relationship difficulties with a partner, between parent and child, with siblings, within your extended family or friends or your community?
Do you sometimes lose touch with reality? Have you experienced hallucinations (a perceptual break from reality) or delusions (fixed, bizarre beliefs that have no basis in reality)?
Schizophrenia or psychosis
Do you have a problem related to sexual functioning or gender identity?
Sexuality or sexual difficulties
“Optimal” sexual functioning is in the eye of the beholder. What one person may consider healthy sexual activity, another may find disturbed or deviant. The wide range of “normal” sexual activity is not only influenced by age, culture and religious background but often changes over time.
You may have problems with the phases of sexual function: desire, arousal, orgasm or resolution. For example, lack of interest in sex, problems with getting an erection or becoming lubricated, delayed or premature orgasm and pain or spasms that are persistent and cause distress for you or your partner.
You may be troubled by fantasies or situations way out of the ordinary, or be attracted to sexual acts that are illegal or dangerous to yourself or others.
You may feel that nature made a mistake in the assignment of your gender and find your body repulsive. You wish that you could switch genders or not be forced to fit into any particular gender.
- Each person with sexual difficulties or gender issues has unique characteristics and should be thoroughly assessed.
- Every individual with sexual difficulties or gender issues would benefit from connecting with a skilled psychotherapist.
Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you sleep too much or at the wrong times? Do unusual things happen (for example: walking, screaming, fighting or abnormal breathing) when you sleep?
Do you feel suicidal, as if life is no longer worth living? Do you attempt to mutilate or damage your body to cope with painful emotions?
Suicidal or self harm
Are you haunted by traumatic events? Are you unable to handle the stress that you must face in life?