Perceived Stress Scale: Test Your Stress Now

Stress Level Test: Test Your Stress Now!

If you are suffering from high-stress levels, you may feel tense or anxious, have headaches, stomach complaints, or even symptoms that mimic illnesses. Long-term exposure to stress can also lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Sometimes, it’s easier to recognize stress in others than in yourself. You may have learned to endure rather than overcome the emotional chaos caused by stress. Problems may be difficult to recognize because they have become so familiar. That can make your daily life miserable and negatively impact your physical health, sometimes drastically. Yet you may not be aware or willing to admit that you are under stress.

This test is an indicator only and not meant to replace a full assessment by a qualified clinician. This test was adapted from the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). If you have any concerns about your current well-being, you should find medical help.

Perceived Stress Scale by Sheldon Cohen

Perceived Stress Scale by Sheldon Cohen

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is the most widely used psychological instrument for measuring the perception of stress. It is a measure of the degree to which situations in one’s life are appraised as stressful. Items were designed to tap how unpredictable, uncontrollable, and overloaded respondents find their lives. The scale also includes a number of direct queries about current levels of experienced stress. The PSS was designed for use in community samples with at least a junior high school education. The items are easy to understand, and the response alternatives are simple to grasp. Moreover, the questions are of a general nature and hence are relatively free of content specific to any subpopulation group. The questions in the PSS ask about feelings and thoughts during the last month.

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