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Stress Test

Stress Test

StressAre you stressed, depressed or affected by anxiety? Lovibond and Lovibond developed the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale 42. Answer the following questions in relation to your past week and Psychologist World will compare your answers with the scale to find out how stressed you are:

Answer the questions below:
  1. I found myself getting upset by quite trivial things


  2. I was aware of dryness of my mouth


  3. I couldn't seem to experience any positive feeling at all


  4. I experienced breathing difficulty (eg, excessively rapid breathing, breathlessness in the absence of physical exertion)


  5. I just couldn't seem to get going


  6. I tended to over-react to situations


  7. I had a feeling of shakiness (eg, legs going to give way)


  8. I found it difficult to relax


  9. I found myself in situations that made me so anxious I was most relieved when they ended


  10. I felt that I had nothing to look forward to


  11. I found myself getting upset rather easily


  12. I felt that I was using a lot of nervous energy


  13. I felt sad and depressed


  14. I found myself getting impatient when I was delayed in any way (eg, lifts, traffic lights, being kept waiting)


  15. I had a feeling of faintness


  16. I felt that I had lost interest in just about everything


  17. I felt I wasn't worth much as a person


  18. I felt that I was rather touchy


  19. I perspired noticeably (eg, hands sweaty) in the absence of high temperatures or physical exertion


  20. I felt scared without any good reason


  21. I felt that life wasn't worthwhile


  22. I found it hard to wind down


  23. I had difficulty in swallowing


  24. I couldn't seem to get any enjoyment out of the things I did


  25. I was aware of the action of my heart in the absence of physical exertion (eg, sense of heart rate increase, heart missing a beat)


  26. I felt down-hearted and blue


  27. I found that I was very irritable


  28. I felt I was close to panic


  29. I found it hard to calm down after something upset me


  30. I feared that I would be "thrown" by some trivial but unfamiliar task


  31. I was unable to become enthusiastic about anything


  32. I found it difficult to tolerate interruptions to what I was doing


  33. I was in a state of nervous tension


  34. I felt I was pretty worthless


  35. I was intolerant of anything that kept me from getting on with what I was doing


  36. I felt terrified


  37. I could see nothing in the future to be hopeful about


  38. I felt that life was meaningless


  39. I found myself getting agitated


  40. I was worried about situations in which I might panic and make a fool of myself


  41. I experienced trembling (eg, in the hands)


  42. I found it difficult to work up the initiative to do things


How does your stress level match with the population?

Assess your stress level:

Source:

Devilly, G.J. (2004). Assessment Devices. Retrieved March 24, 2004, from Swinburne University, Clinical & Forensic Psychology Web site: http://www.swin.edu.au/victims/resources/assessment/assessment.html

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