This quick and easy test can help measure if you are affected by anxiety, stress, and depression.
How can we measure or 'quantify' anxiety?
The DASS 21
DASS is an acronym for Depression Anxiety Stress Score. The DASS 21 (or DASS-21) is a 21-item questionnaire designed by Psychologists at the University of NSW to measure the extent to which a person is affected by depression, anxiety, and stress. The test takes around 3 minutes to complete.
Why take the test?
Your therapist may ask you to complete the DASS 21 before starting your TranquilMind program and after completion. This helps to provide a baseline measure of your anxiety and can indicate how well you have responded to treatment.
Available formats are the Dass 21 online and downloadable Dass 21 PDF. You can administer the test yourself. You will get 3 scores - a score each for anxiety, depression, and stress. Your scores can indicate normal, mild, moderate, severe, or extremely severe levels for each factor.
BEFORE You TAKe THE TEST . . .
Whilst you may have concerns if your results are not in the normal range, it’s important to note that interpretation of your test results requires an appropriate level of training in psychological science.
Furthermore, psychological tests such as the dass 21 only provide a certain level of information and are not used solely to make a diagnosis or suggest treatment.
Client-centred care is focused on seeing you as an individual, and not just a diagnosis, a label, or a condition to be treated.
To help you achieve the very best outcome, any test results are therefore interpreted in the context of your bckground, personality, strengths, and goals.
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ONLINE DASS 21
Please read each statement and select the radio button 0, 1, 2 or 3 which indicates how much the statement applied to you over the past week. There are no right or wrong answers. Do not spend too much time on any statement.
Rate your responses as follows:
0 Did not apply to me at all - NEVER
1 Applied to me to some degree, or some of the time - SOMETIMES
2 Applied to me to a considerable degree, or a good part of time - OFTEN
3 Applied to me very much, or most of the time - ALMOST ALWAYS
Please note that this practice is not equipped to provide crisis support. If you experience strong thoughts relating to self-harm, please seek help immediately.
This document lists contact details for 24/7 Mental Health Services including Emergency 000, Lifeline, Kids Helpline, Beyond Blue, MensLine Australia, Open Arms, and Suicide Call Back Service.
Click on the image to download the PDF.
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- Melissiah, Practice Manager