For Patients and Consumers

The 5-minute test for depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD and substance use disorders

These mood and anxiety disorders are serious conditions that can affect not only your quality of life, but your physical health. Having a mood or anxiety disorder may increase your risk of a heart attack and delay or prevent your ability to recover from other serious health conditions like stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Your M3 Score is a number that will help you and your doctor understand if you have a treatable mental health disorder, like depression, anxiety, bipolar, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or a substance use disorder. Your physician will want to monitor your score to see how your mental health is changing over time. Finding out your M3 Score––which is as easy as taking a confidential, 5-minute test ordered by your doctor––can help you take control of your mental health.

Why monitor your mental health?

Once the M3 Checklist is completed, you and your doctor will review the results with you. If there is a problem, you and your doctor can discuss treatment options, tools that may range from exercise to individual therapy and/or medication treatment. The progress you have made with your treatment will be determined by completing additional M3 Checklists and then adjusting your treatment as needed.

What is the purpose of the M3 Checklist?

The M3 Checklist is your confidential, self-rated, mental health screen used by your physician to identify potential mood and anxiety symptoms. Upon completion of the M3 Checklist, a report is sent to your clinician indicating your relative risk for depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and substance use disorders. The information provided by the M3 Checklist quickly and effectively enables the discussion between you and your doctor about relevant mental health issues during your office visit, helping to direct your doctor toward a more accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. 

Who benefits from completing the M3 Checklist?

Anyone 18 years or older can benefit from completing the M3 Checklist.  Receiving a more accurate diagnosis can lead to more effective treatment, if needed. Your physician benefits from the M3 because undetected and poorly treated mental health conditions can interfere with your quality of life. Within the tight time constraints of a typical office visit, the M3 Checklist provides primary care clinicians with a highly effective tool that identifies and organizes mental health symptoms that may impact your wellbeing.

Are you having suicidal thoughts?

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.

suicidepreventionlifeline.org