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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:


Devilly, G.J. (2004). Assessment Devices. Retrieved March 24, 2004, from Swinburne University, Clinical & Forensic Psychology Web site:

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