There are several tests and assessments that can be used to measure stress levels. The most common type of test is a self-report questionnaire, where the person being tested answers questions about their symptoms and how they have been feeling. Some examples of self-report stress tests include:
The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is a commonly used self-report test that measures the degree to which situations in a person's life are appraised as stressful. Click here to take the Stress Assessment.
The Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) is another self-report test that assesses the severity of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.
The stress thermometer is a simple self-report test that uses a visual scale to assess the severity of stress symptoms.
In addition to self-report tests, a mental health professional may also use clinical interviews and observation to assess stress levels. During a clinical interview, the mental health professional will ask questions about the person's symptoms, medical history, and family history, among other things. Observations of the person's behavior and demeanor may also be used to assess stress levels.
It's important to note that self-report tests are not a replacement for a formal evaluation by a mental health professional. If you think you may be experiencing high levels of stress, it's best to speak with a mental health professional who can provide guidance and support.
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