As I mentioned in a previous post, I enjoy taking many of those time-wasting quizzes that one runs into on the internet. In December, I took the The Sanity Score, and recorded my results. I thought it might be interesting to see if the scores changed in any statistically meaningful way over time. I have been feeling a little bit better recently (less depressed, although more anxious) and thought I'd see how or if this was reflected in my test results.
The quiz is hardly a precision instrument, since it claims to rate over a dozen issues in the space of about 80 questions or so. So I took it twice, both times, and averaged the results. This meant I had data to play with (dear God I love data). I made up a spreadsheet, of course. And here's what I found. (BTW, numbers are rounded up behind the scenes, which is why 46 - 46 = -1)
Really the only important thing to note is the last column (D) which is the delta, or change since last time. In this quiz, lower numbers are better, so negative change is good. The overall sanity score is on a scale from 1 to 288. Yeah, weird. The other numbers range from 1 to 100, with anything 50 or above considered a critical issue that definitely needs addressing. I'm not sure, but I think anything above 35 is considered a minor issue that probably needs addressing.
The largest drop was in Depression from a 'major issue' of 49 to 30. I wasn't surprised to see the drop, but I was surprised it was so dramatic. I still feel somewhat depressed, and my functionality isn't great. But I suppose that's what 30 means, then. I can't imagine what 100 must feel like - probably 'coma.'
The 17 point drop in phobias probably isn't real. I say this because the test has some confusing questions about phobias, and they overlap with some of the anxiety questions. I don't think my phobias were actually at 59 to begin with. Even 42 seems high for how I deal with spiders, for example. Plane flights, though, that's probably pretty accurate.
So that means the other serious drops were seen in PTSD and OCD, down thirteen points in each. This seems right to me. I do feel less like I am ritualizing about things like doorknobs, and my overall fear of places that can trigger flashbacks is lower, too. It seems to be more difficult to trigger them. These are still major issues, but I think the scores here gibe with my own experience.
The only gain was 5 points in the GAD category. This definitely seems accurate, given that when my depression goes down, my anxiety always goes up. When I'm depressed, I don't worry as much because I just don't care. Now that I'm pulling out of the depression, I'm starting to worry more. Still, GAD continues to hover around 50, and is not going through the roof. This is good.
Overall, almost everything dropped or stayed constant. This is reflected in the Overall score, which dropped a serious 18 points from 88 to 70. Seventy would make me almost sane - a person with issues to deal with, but who has the resilience, skills, and resources to cope and manage. Sounds scary. Am I that person? I don't feel that tough. But maybe I will ...
I continue to bemoan the fact that I did not take the test when I was at my worst. Of course, when you are at your worst, you can't use your computer, let alone find a website and stay focused for 15 solid minutes to take a quiz.
If you check out the test, I'd be interested in hearing what you thought of it, and if you want to share any of your own numbers.
Your Hostess With Neuroses
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