How well are you coping with stress in your life?
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
This hospital has three tests you can take at home to assess your levels of stress and anxiety. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, have a look at your answers in these tests, and take the appropriate steps. Although we all seem to want to help others, it is very important to help our own mental health often.
Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)
How stressful do you perceive events in your life to be? This scale helps to answer this. For example, people with higher scores on the PSS might be more vulnerable to symptoms of depression from stressful life events.
Your stress coping skills
How well are you coping with the stress in your life? A higher score means you are likely handling stress better than those with a lower score.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The GAD-7 is a tool that screens for symptoms of anxiety affecting several parts of your life, also known as generalized anxiety. It is not used to diagnose, but to assess the severity of your symptoms.
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