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I have every disorder in the book - June 8th 2010, 04:52 AM

Since 2006 I've been taking a personality disorder test from 4degreez.com every 2 years. This is the first:


This is the second one, took it in 2008


And this is the one I took in May 2010


I also took another test on 2degreez.com called rate my life, I took this one at the same time as the latest personality disorder test. It's rated on a scale of 1-10


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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 8th 2010, 05:46 AM

Well, online tests aren't accurate. Not only that, but alot of symptoms from various mental health issues overlap.

The thing that makes this even less valid is, I looked at the website "4degreez.com".

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So, basically, the site is a novelty item, not a literal psychiatric analysis.

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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 8th 2010, 06:05 AM

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Well, online tests aren't accurate. Not only that, but alot of symptoms from various mental health issues overlap.

The thing that makes this even less valid is, I looked at the website "4degreez.com".


So, basically, the site is a novelty item, not a literal psychiatric analysis.

Yeah, don't let the results get to you, or affect how you see yourself.

I agree. The only way to find out if you truly have a mental disability is to see a doctor. Online tests are crap, in my opinion. If you feel you have any kind of disorder, then the only thing you should be doing is getting professional help. Self diagnosing yourself is almost never accurate, and definitely not the right way to go if you want real help.





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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 8th 2010, 06:11 AM

I figured, still, the fact that the ratings are getting worse and worse as my life gets worse has to indicate something.


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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 8th 2010, 06:14 AM

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I figured, still, the fact that the ratings are getting worse and worse as my life gets worse has to indicate something.
Uhh, your answers just change overtime as things feel worse, of course. But I mean, it's just an online quiz, so the change is pretty meaningless IMO. Especially since I doubt the quiz maker knows very little about Mental Illness, if anything at all.


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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 8th 2010, 07:42 AM

I agree with everything above. Do not go by online tests. Go to a doctor, have them refer you to a therapist or psychologist (or see if they can diagnose you) but definitely DO NOT trust the internet for anything serious like that.



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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 8th 2010, 11:41 AM

As mentioned, it's a mere online test. If you want an accurate one, then you're going to need to visit a psychiatrist or psychologist. Since it is an online quiz, it's not going to have the details nor accuracy and other scales that the accurate tests given by psychologists do. I know this for I have done this test and after my results, I looked back and they only questioned a limited area of each disorder, and some questions were ambiguous in that they suggested you have some trait and nothing more. It's basically tallying up a limited scope of symptoms but as many online things for this do, does NOT (repeat NOT) address the full diagnostic criteria. For starters, before saying you have a certain personality disorder, one must determine if you have a personality disorder to begin with. This test does not.

Also, as you continue to re-do the same test, you implicitly and/or explicitly recall the answers you provided before, so you're likely to choose the same with limited variation. That is a problem of re-doing the same test over and over. Lastly, even the accurate tests are not diagnostic tools. They simply suggest to the clinician they look at one particular area as there may be something there.

If you are this concerned, go to a psychologist or psychiatrist by way of referral from your doctor or a hospital doctor, and state the concern, asking for the MMPI-II. It is used internationally as one of if not the most well accepted pen-and-paper personality test. Short version is 550-ish questions, longer version is I think 750-ish questions. In fact, it requires an entire long book to be learned by a doctor who has some certification to analyze this test because of the complexity and rigour.

Oh, and you don't have every single psychiatric disorder as this online one measures only 10 illnesses yet there are around 300.
   
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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 11th 2010, 04:55 PM

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I agree with everything above. Do not go by online tests. Go to a doctor, have them refer you to a therapist or psychologist (or see if they can diagnose you) but definitely DO NOT trust the internet for anything serious like that.
^ This.

My friend, who has no mental illnesses at all, has done many of the online tests and they tell her she should have.

Honestly. A couple of years ago, I let these tests rule my life.. I thought I had bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, all sorts of things.

And now, because that made me confused and unhappy, I became even more confused and unhappy and now have severe depression, self-esteem issues and don't really have a clue who I am.

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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 12th 2010, 09:47 PM

My opinion - You should never let an online test determine if or what disorder you have.

For an accurate diagnosis please see your doctor and not online tests. They are not accurate, but a doctors diagnosis would be,

It would be very difficult for you to have all those disorders.......as some contradict themselves.

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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 12th 2010, 09:50 PM

It is an online test and will only determine how you feel at that exact moment in time. For illnesses varying in severity this is not a good measure even for a doctor.

Online tests are vague at best, all it tells you is that you should go see your doctor and follow their advice instead. Those online tests often exacerbate a problem
   
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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 12th 2010, 10:02 PM

No online test can ever tell you if you have a disorder or not. Saying you have some symptoms and then a computer tries to figure out if they match to a list of symptoms it has for a particular disorder can never even compare to the amount of effort and evaluation that a doctor or psychologist would take when determining the same information. Self diagnosing is just not a good thing. Even when training to become a psychologist or medical professional in the years of schooling it takes they constantly warn us about medical student syndrome. Just because you think you might have a symptom, or you can easily identify with a disorder, in no way means you actually have that disorder.

Like everyone else said, see a medical professional if you feel that there is something going on in your life that is making it difficult to live a normal day to day life. Other than that, I really would not trust any website that tells you something might be wrong. They are no where near accurate when compared to someone who has have years of schooling and training.




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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 13th 2010, 06:13 AM

I just took that test for fun, and IMO its a load of BS. I can tell you without taking any test that I'm antisocial, narcissistic, and avoidant. I can also say that, whatever an online test may say, I'm not paranoid, schizophrenic, or OCD.



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Re: I have every disorder in the book - June 13th 2010, 02:13 PM

According to that test I have both Dependent personality disorder and Avoidant personality disorder. I admit I am quite dependant and avoid certain social situations but I don't think I have any personality disorder. If you're really concerned ask a doctor. No test can tell you if you have any mental problems.


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