We get our semblance of normality through the daily grind, even if it’s set in one of the most chaotic backdrops of recent history. It’s a given that it’ll take a toll on our mental health. When the world’s got us run-down, it may be about time to press pause, reassess and check on what’s going on in our heads.
One way of doing so is through a certified test, such as the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS). Designed by Syd and Peter Lovibond at the University of New South Wales back in 1995, the test is a self-report instrument meant to assess the three related negative emotional states. The test evaluates depression, anxiety and stress levels based on 42 questions—which are actually symptoms—that the taker may or may not have experienced in the past week.
The depression scale evaluates feelings of hopelessness and lack of interest, while anxiety levels are measured through skeletal muscle effects and situational anxiety. The stress scale, on the other hand, is evaluated through difficulty relaxing, impatience and irritability.
The test is within public domain, so users can simply head over to sites like this interactive questionnaire to take it. Fair disclaimer, though: The DASS is for educational use only and shouldn’t be used as a substitute for professional psychological assessment. The test’s responses may also be recorded and anonymously used for research.
Art by Jan Cardasto