The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) lists 11 personality types and 12 traits, including openness to experience, conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness to learn, and extroversion.
The book also offers some insights into how we can use these traits to help our lives and our communities.
Here are seven ways to test yourself for these personality types.
Read and watch the DSM-5.
The Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of Diagnoses and Statistical Outcomes (DSMQ-2) is a text that includes detailed information on personality types, personality disorders, and personality traits.
Read the DSMQ-2 and learn how to use it to identify symptoms and potential risk factors for depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Read more about personality types in the DSM.
Identify your own symptoms.
Identifying your own mental health problems can be challenging because you may have a variety of symptoms.
In fact, there are so many different types of symptoms and so many symptoms that the DSM is often called the encyclopedia of mental health disorders.
Here’s how you can identify which symptoms are most likely to affect your life.
If you’re struggling to identify the symptoms you’re having, here are tips to help you get started: Ask your doctor or other health care professional about your symptoms.
Make an appointment with a mental health professional who specializes in your problem.
If that doesn’t work, try talking to a family member or friend who knows more about your illness.
Take a mental inventory of your symptoms, and if you think they might be a symptom of an underlying mental health issue, take a look at your symptoms to determine if they might also be a cause of your mental health problem.
Ask your health care provider about any specific symptoms you’ve identified as a result of your illness, or ask them to look at other symptoms or medical conditions you’ve been diagnosed with.
You can also ask for an appointment and discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
If your symptoms are more common in your neighborhood or neighborhood of friends or co-workers, it may be a sign that you may be at increased risk for a mental disorder.
Find a qualified mental health provider.
If a qualified health care practitioner offers you treatment, you can talk to your health provider about whether or not the treatment is appropriate for you.
Some types of mental illness have been linked to the symptoms associated with specific types of depression, so a qualified provider may be able to offer you a treatment plan that will help you to manage your symptoms without any side effects.
Ask a psychologist or psychiatrist.
If the symptoms of your disorder don’t seem to fit neatly into one of the personality types or the traits listed in the book, a mental-health specialist can help you determine which personality type or trait might be contributing to your symptoms and to the severity of your depression or anxiety.
Ask for help at your doctor’s office, or seek help at a mental service organization, a private mental health clinic, or a community mental health center.
Your doctor or mental health specialist will likely be able tell you more about what to expect from your symptoms if you talk with your mental-care professional.
For more information on the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Mental Disorders, click here.
Take steps to address your symptoms by taking care of your health.
The more you take care of yourself, the less likely you are to develop a mental illness.
Taking steps to manage symptoms and improve your health can help ensure you get the care you need and feel better, even when you’re still experiencing symptoms.
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Consider getting a psychological evaluation.
If there’s a good chance you might have a mental impairment or a personality disorder, there’s always the option of getting a mental evaluation from a mental healthcare professional.
In addition to taking a mental assessment, there may be psychological tests that can help identify your symptoms or potential risk for developing a mental disease.
You may also be able see a therapist to get an assessment about your emotional well-being.
If this is a first time for you, it can be hard to find support for your feelings and behavior.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides resources for people with mental illness and offers free support services, including counseling, emotional support, crisis intervention, and peer support.
You might also find help online, through your local chapter of NAMI, or through other mental health organizations.
Learn more about support services for people living with mental health issues.