Should I Avoid Taking The Stress Anxiety Depression Test?

By Nicola Kirkpatrick|Updated April 6, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Rachael Lee Hyatt, LCSW

Stress, anxiety, and depression have some effect on everyone's daily life. Often, people think they are more stressed out than everyone else and just cannot figure out why or what they can do about it. All of these feelings can affect you in certain ways that are similar but can also be very different. Depression can be most severe and may last for weeks, months, or even years. Mood changes, pain, and even illness can be related to stress, anxiety, and depression.

Kinds of Stress, Anxiety, Depression Tests

I'm Afraid If I Take The Test It'll Tell Me I Have Anxiety Or Depression

There are many types of stress, anxiety, depression tests available online that you can take on your own. Some of them are just 10 or 15 questions that you can do in a few minutes and others you can get more in-depth with 20 to 30 questions. Some are official and others are just for fun.

It is important to know what kind of test you are taking so you can interpret the results reasonably after you take it. Knowing that you are taking a just for fun test versus an official test will likely change how you interpret your results.

The Depression, Anxiety and Stress Test is an official test developed by medical professionals and is designed to meet the scientific requirements of both types of research and professional clinicians. Please note that the test should only be completed with a qualified medical professional. This test is designed to measure the negative emotional states of depression, anxiety, and stress. It uses a scale rating system to measure the severity of a range of symptoms related to depression, anxiety, and stress. This test is like a mini-depression test, anxiety test, and stress test all wrapped up into one. This test is a series of 42 questions. You will be asked to work through each question and indicate the extent to which you have experienced a particular symptom or state over the past week. This test can be taken by both adolescents and adults, but it not designed to be a comprehensive diagnostic tool and decisions based on a particular score should be made only by experienced professionals. Taking this test can give you an idea of how severe your feelings of depression, anxiety and stress are and help to let you know if you could benefit from talking to a mental health professional.

The Depression Anxiety and Stress Test Scale (DASS-21).is another well-known test to many psychological experts. The DASS-21 has a group of three different scales that measure your depression, anxiety, and stress levels. Each of these has seven questions and there are sub-scales with other questions related to each section. There is also a longer DASS test that has 42 questions, but the most commonly used is the DASS-21. This is a test you can do on your own but can be used by psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists as well.

Why Take These Tests

There are very few people who really like to take tests, especially when it is about something that scares you such as being anxious or depressed. You do not want to believe that you are having problems and may not believe that you could possibly need help with anything, especially something like feelings. However, if you have been feeling more stressed out than usual or are not as interested in things that you usually like to do, it may benefit you to take one of these self-assessment tests. Even if you get results that are not as good as you expected, that does not mean that you have a mental health disorder. If so, there is nothing to be ashamed of. It is perfectly natural and even common to suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. In fact, this is the most common group of mental illnesses in the United States.

Depression is a very real and common occurrence in our society today. Social media has made our society become increasingly competitive and we feel more stress in our lives than ever before. Pressure to measure up and be the best combined with comparisons in a more virtual world is becoming ever increasing. More and more people are struggling to cope with this mounting pressure on their lives. Just because more and more people are struggling with depression, doesn't mean that it should become a normal part of life. Being able to recognize the symptoms of depression are key to understanding your depression and seeking the right professional help.

Anxiety is a condition that affects everyone at some point in their lives. All throughout our lives, we are faced with many stressful situations: school, university, work pressure, family, partners, relationships, social obligations, and the list goes on and on. Mild anxiety is not always harmful and can actually be a good thing if it helps you become more focused and alert to threats and challenges. But, if your feelings of anxiety become persistent or start to interfere with your normal daily life, then professional help is likely to be needed. Like depression, anxiety is a real and common occurrence and talking to someone can help.

Stress is that feeling that you get when a person or a situation demands more than you are able to give. It is the way that you feel when pressure is placed on you, and it can sometimes be an adverse response to what is perceived to be too much pressure. Stress can feel different to everyone, and it is sometimes hard to identify. Taking a test to measure stress can be beneficial to help you recognize high levels of stress that you are experiencing and can help to understand whether your feelings of stress are helpful or harmful.

Taking tests to measure and identify levels of depression, anxiety and stress can be very beneficial to help you understand and identify what you are feeling. These tests can help you know if you are experiencing unhealthy levels of depression, anxiety and/or stress and can also help you understand whether what you are feeling is helpful or harmful. These tests can also help you to know if it would be beneficial for you to seek professional help so that you can feel better and live a more meaningful and fulfilled life.

Talk to Someone

I'm Afraid If I Take The Test It'll Tell Me I Have Anxiety Or Depression

Stress, anxiety, and depression affect almost everyone at some point of their lives. Approximately 40 million adults in the United States have one of these disorders. It is when these feelings are allowed to take over your day to day activities that they become a problem. You may just need someone to talk to. There are plenty of websites nowadays where you can speak to a certified psychologist or therapist without even having to set an appointment or leave the house. As a matter of fact, it has become the new normal to see a psychiatrist or therapist online rather than in person because of all the technology that makes it possible.

In fact, a recent publication looked at several different studies to examine whether cognitive behavior therapy was comparable on a computer versus face to face. CBT is one of the more common types of talk therapy. It can be used not only to treat many mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, but to help anyone learn how to handle stressful situations better. The authors found that CBT was as effective online as it was in person, and that an online option is likely more appealing for people located in rural communities.

Some of the same hallmarks may be appealing to everyone, though: an online option means no wait list and the ability to see a counselor anywhere you’re comfortable with internet access – meaning no stress or anxiety about figuring out where you’re going or how you’re going to get there. Read below for some reviews of BetterHelp counselors, from people experiencing similar issues. 

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