As many as 70 percent of the population are suffering from depression and anxiety, and about 60 percent of them will go on to suffer from substance abuse, according to a recent study. 

But while many people struggle with these conditions, some of the best ways to cope with depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses are not easily understood, and it’s becoming increasingly important to be able to talk about these issues openly. 

“If you’re not able to communicate with your therapist, it’s a really difficult situation, and you have to learn to deal with it,” said Dr. Karen Matson, a mental health therapist and director of the New York-based National Institute of Mental Health.

“It’s not easy.” 

Matson and her team of mental health counselors and social workers developed a test to help identify those people who need support to feel comfortable talking about their mental health issues. 

This is a test that helps clinicians understand the nature of a person’s symptoms and identify the types of support they might need. 

For a test called the Matson Test for Depression and Anxiety, the test asks participants to rate their symptoms on a scale of 0 to 10, with zero being extremely debilitating and 10 being extremely tolerable. 

Participants are asked to rate how much they feel like they’re “living with” their symptoms. 

The participants then fill out the test and it provides an accurate diagnosis.

The Matson test is a free service offered by the National Institute for Mental Health, and can be used for anyone with an anxiety disorder who’s experiencing symptoms.

For example, it can help determine if a person is likely to experience another depressive episode, and for someone who’s in recovery from a substance abuse problem, it provides a sense of what the treatment process is like.

“You can use the M.T.S. to see if there’s any difference in how people’s moods are changing, whether there’s a change in how they are feeling, how they’re dealing with their symptoms,” said Matson. 


T, also known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, is a psychological test that measures how someone perceives the world around them. 

To help identify people who may need mental health treatment, the MMT test is offered as a service at a number of mental wellness centers across the country, including in New York City. 

At the center in Brooklyn, Dr. Barbara Mazzucchelli, a psychologist, has developed a system to help people identify their mental illness symptoms.

She is also working with a national program called the Mental Health Network.

“If there’s someone in the community who’s struggling with depression or anxiety, they can go to the mental health clinic,” said the center’s executive director, Susan A. Stoddard. 

Stoddard said she works with clients at the center who were diagnosed with a mental illness at age 17, and then the symptoms were more severe and they moved through life. 

She said she helped many clients recover by offering support to them in their recovery process. 

There are other services in the U.S., too.

A national mental health service called the Alliance of Behavioral Health Services of America (ABCA), which serves 1.5 million people, provides support for people with a range of mental illnesses, including PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety. 

Dr. John Pfeiffer, the executive director of ABCA, said the organization has been working for years to expand mental health services in all 50 states.

“We have a lot of work to do.

We need to make sure people understand that there are different kinds of people,” said Pfeifer. 

ABCA also provides information on services and resources for people in recovery. 

And the nonprofit organization provides support services for people struggling with addiction and other addictions. 

In fact, ABCA has been instrumental in getting support for patients who have battled alcohol and drug addiction and for people dealing with domestic violence, Stoddars’ center director said.ABCA has also offered support for women who have had children with severe mental health problems. 

As a result of this work, ABCT has seen a 40 percent increase in women reporting that they have experienced a major depression or an anxiety attack in the past year, and a 41 percent increase on women reporting experiencing severe depression or panic attacks in the last 12 months, according the nonprofit. 

On a personal note, Drs.

Pfeffer and Stoddards have both become advocates for women, and they say they are always inspired by their work.

“As a woman in recovery, I was not always in control of my life,” said Stodders.

“But now that I’m a woman again, I can go in and say, ‘I’ve had a lot better luck.'” 

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental