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SELF-TESTS

These self tests are not diagnostic in nature.  Please contact our clinicians at the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program for an assessment and diagnosis.

ALCOHOL/DRUG SELF-TEST

This series of questions about one's use of alcohol or drugs is an informal inventory of "tell-tale signs," with many items tailored to lawyers. It is not a list of official diagnostic criteria, and does not substitute for a professional evaluation (OLAP personnel can provide an evaluation in person).

 

  • ​Do I plan my office routine around my drinking or drug use?

  • ​Have I tried unsuccessfully to control or abstain from alcohol or drugs?

  • ​Do my clients, associates, or support personnel contend that my alcohol/drug use interferes with my work?​

  • Have I avoided important professional, social, or recreational activities as a result of my alcohol/drug use?

  • ​Do I ever use alcohol or drugs before meetings or court appearances to calm my nerves or to feel more confident of my performance?

  • ​Do I frequently drink or use drugs alone?

  • ​Have I ever neglected the running of my office or misused funds because of my alcohol or drug use?

  • ​Have I ever had a loss of memory when I seemed to be alert and functioning but had been using alcohol or drugs?

  • ​Have I missed or ended conferences, court appearances, or other appointments because of my alcohol/drug use?

  • ​Is drinking or drug use leading me to become careless of my family's welfare or other personal responsibilities?

  • ​Has my ambition or efficiency decreased along with an increase in my use of drugs or alcohol?

  • ​Have I continued to drink or use drugs despite adverse consequences to my practice, health, legal status, or family relationships?

  • ​Do I ever feel fear, guilt, depression or severe anxiety related to my drinking or drug use?

  • ​Are friends or professional associates avoiding me because of my alcohol or drug use?

  • ​Have I been neglecting my hygiene, health care, or nutrition?

  • ​Am I becoming increasingly reluctant to face my clients or colleagues in order to hide my alcohol/drug use?​

 

A "yes" answer to any of these questions suggests that it would be wise to seek professional evaluation (at OLAP or elsewhere), but may not indicate that you have a diagnosable addictive disorder. Evaluations of alcohol/drug problems should be done by a clinician with addiction credentials and/or experience working in an addiction-oriented setting.

DEPRESSION SELF-TEST​

This is a self-screening test developed by Dr. Douglas G. Jacobs. It is not intended to substitute for a professional evaluation (OLAP personnel can provide an evaluation in person).

  • I am unable to do the things I used to do.​

  • I feel hopeless about the future.​

  • I can't make decisions​

  • I feel sluggish or restless.​

  • I am gaining or losing weight.​

  • I get tired for no reason.​

  • I am sleeping too much or too little.​

  • I feel unhappy.​

  • I become irritable or anxious.​

  • I think about dying or killing myself.​

 

If you answered "yes" to five or more of these questions, and you have felt this way everyday for several weeks, there is a good chance you are suffering from depression and should call us today to make an appointment to see us.​

 

If you answered "yes" to Question 10, you should seek help immediately, regardless of your answer to any other question.