What Is A Health Self-Test?
Conducting a health self-test is an important part of living a holistically healthy lifestyle. But many people often disregard it or maybe are not aware of it.
A health self-test is basically a way to screen yourself — your mental and physical health — to make sure you’re okay or if you should visit a doctor or psychiatrist. A self-test should never replace regular visits to a medical professional. If you are concerned about the state of your mental or physical health, you should contact a doctor. You can even bring the results of your self-test to the doctor’s appointment to show the full context of your concern.
It’s simply a way to check in with yourself and give more attention to certain parts of your life. It can also be an effective way to pinpoint signs and symptoms of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other physical conditions.
Here are a few different types of screening self-tests you can take.
This type of self-test helps you see any symptoms of depression. Suffering from depression can drain your ability to enjoy things, to enjoy life. Some people don’t believe depression is a real condition, saying it’s just a state of mind. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here are some symptoms of depression:
Low mood or feeling of hopelessness
Blaming yourself for life issues
Low energy levels
Poor eating and sleeping habits
Anxiety is another real diagnosis that some folks chalk up to just worrying too much. But it’s much more serious than that.
There are actually five main types of anxiety:
Social Anxiety Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Your physical health is just as important as your mental health, so it’s important to put your body through a test. With a physical self-test, here are some things you can check:
Resting heart rate (should be between 60-100 beats per minute)
Stretching to see how flexible you are
How well you run or jog
Testing your strength by doing a Pushup Test or Situp Test
Checking for testicular cancer in men (painless lump or swelling)
Checking for breast cancer in women (painless lump or swelling)
Obviously, these are only a handful of tests you can run on yourself. But if you feel a pain or discomfort while doing any of these things and the pain persists, it may be time to call your doctor.
Substance Abuse Self-Test
Sometimes substance abuse is more obvious than other conditions, but sometimes it can hide behind something else.
Let’s look at alcohol, for example. The most common signs and symptoms include:
Lack of involvement in fun extracurricular activities
Lack of interest in work or school
Disregard or ignorance of friends and family
Erratic or violent behavior
The symptoms for other types of substance abuse will vary, but these are some examples that do crossover with symptoms of other types of substance abuse.
It’s Time To Get Started
There’s no better time than now to start giving yourself self-tests. Keeping your body and mind in tip-top shape will allow you to live a fuller, happier, and productive life.
Of course, the self-tests mentioned above are not the only types of tests you can give yourself. Simply search the web for “types of health self-tests” and you’ll get a plethora of results that provide guidance for how to take each specific test.
The point is this: we are in control of our health. In between doctors visits, it’s up to you to care for your mental and physical health. So what are you waiting for?