A company called M-3 Information has developed a free, online checklist that research shows can accurately indicate whether a patient may have depression, anxiety, PTSD or bipolar disorder. The study will be published in the March/April 2010 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. The developers of theM-3state that the 27-question screening tool is private, easy to use, and does not require any personal information to be shared. Users can continue to monitor their progress by retaking the test at regular intervals. The study found:

“The M-3 is a valid, efficient and feasible tool for screening common psychiatric illnesses in primary care. Its diagnostic accuracy equals that of presently used single-disorder screens but with the additional benefit of being combined into a one-page tool. The M-3 potentially can reduce missed psychiatric diagnoses and facilitate proper treatment of identified cases.”

I just tested it out and it only took 1 minute to take. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I don’t believe they’ve tested the M-3 specifically for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. It would be interesting to hear results on that specifically.