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STRESS TEST

Thomas Yarnell, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
In this fast paced, constantly changing world, stress is an ever increasing problem. Undue stress wears down our immune system and leaves us susceptible to all types of physical and emotional ailments. The following list contains symptoms generally related to stress. You can print this page or just keep track of your score as you rate each symptom according to the following rating scale: Use your judgment as to the degree and frequency because it is your perception that determines how severly the stress effects you.

HOW SERIOUS AND
HOW OFTEN                                      POINTS

Not A Problem                                                       0
Mild And Occasional                                          1
Mild And Often                                                       2
Severe But Occasional                                      4
Severe And Often                                                  5


STRESS SYMPTOMS

Unusual heart beat (fast, pounding, irregular, etc.)
Unusual breathing (fast, shallow)
Restless feeling (feels like you have to move)
Feels warm or hot when it isn't
Sweat more than normal
Dry mouth
Muscles feel tight or tense
Nervous stomach (gas, diarrhea, constipation)
Heartburn
Urinate more than normal for you
Tired more than should be
Headaches
Panic attacks
Often have colds
Often get the flu
Loss of appetite
Increase in appetite
Nausea
Insomnia
Memory loss
Feel self-conscious
Depressed
Crying spells
Sexual problems (any kind)
Irritable
Fearful
Anxiety
Anger
Unhappy when there is no apparent reason
Shy
Too serious
Dissatisfied with where you are in your life


SCORING

Add your score.

The higher your score, the more you are responding negatively to the presence of stress in your life. 20 points or more indicates that you need to do something to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Relaxation techniques  as well as other stress management techniques are relatively easy to learn. 


Copyright  C  2002 - 2008  Dr. Thomas Yarnell  All rights reserved.

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