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Stress and Anxiety Quiz

Is there too much stress in your life?

Stress and Anxiety Quiz To find out, take this quiz, adapted from a scale developed by Peter Lovibond at the University of New South Wales.

For the first 16 questions, please indicate how much each statement applied to you over the past week. Answer the questions as honestly as possible; there are no right or wrong answers.

The last five questions are about you, and they'll be used by our research team to better understand how stress relates to factors like marriage and employment. We'll report next month on what the scores suggest about the Greater Good community.

When you're done, you'll get your score, along with resources for combating stress.

1. I found myself getting upset by quite trivial things.

I found myself getting upset by quite trivial things.

2. I was aware of dryness of my mouth.

I was aware of dryness of my mouth.

3. I experienced breathing difficulty (e.g., excessively rapid breathing).

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

4. I tended to overreact to situations.

I tended to overreact to situations.

5. I had a feeling of shakiness, like my legs were going to give way.

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

6. I found myself getting upset rather easily.

I found myself getting upset rather easily.

7. I found myself getting impatient when I was delayed in any way, like by elevators, traffic lights, or people who kept me waiting.

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

8. I perspired noticeably, like with sweaty palms, even when I wasn't doing anything physical.

I perspired noticeably, even without high temperatures or physical exertion.

9. I felt scared without any good reason.

I felt scared without any good reason.

10. I was aware of my heart rate, even when I wasn't doing anything physical.

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).

11. I found that I was very irritable.

I found that I was very irritable.

12. I felt I was close to panic.

I felt I was close to panic.

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

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

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

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

15. I was in a state of nervous tension with what I was doing.

I was in a state of nervous tension with what I was doing.

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

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

17. What is your age?

What is your age?

18. What is your gender?

What is your gender?

19. How often do you meditate?

How often do you meditate?

20. What best describes your current employment status?

What best describes your current employment status?

21. Which category best describes your work?

Which category best describes your work?

Adapted from: Lovibond, P. F, & Lovibond, S. H. (1995). “The structure of negative emotional states: Comparison of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) with the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories.” Behaviour Research and Therapy, 33, 335-342.

 

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