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Am I Too Stressed? 3 Minute Test & Screening

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Am I too stressed? How much stress is too much? Use this short quiz to measure whether your stress level is too high.

Farah Fazel, PsyS

Medical ReviewerMarisa M. Tomasic, Ph.D.

Who Is This Stress Quiz For?

Answer the quiz questions below to see if you or a loved one may be suffering from too much stress.

The questions below relate to life experiences common among people who are enduring significant amounts of stress: emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event that feels frustrating, or out-of-control, or nerve-wracking, and it can be good in short bursts. However, chronic, or long-term, stress can have damaging effects on the body.

Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few months.

How Accurate Is It?

This quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool. Mental health disorders can only be diagnosed by qualified mental health professionals.

What Is Stress?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress is a normal, human reaction. It's how the brain and body respond to any demand.

It's normal to have a high level of stress at one point or the other in our lives due to many life-changing scenarios and stressors. To prevent any health problems, it’s best to see a medical professional for treatment. The constant flow of stress hormones (including the so-called stress hormone cortisol) can take a toll on your body, causing it to age more quickly and making it prone to illnesses.

Some of the most common causes of acute or chronic stress are due to one or more of the following life stressors:

  • The death of a loved one

  • Divorce

  • Job loss

  • An increase in financial obligations or a decrease in earnings

  • Having to uproot your life and moving due to extenuating circumstances and out of your control

  • Chronic illness or injury

  • Taking care of an elderly or sick family member

  • A traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, theft, rape, or violence against you or a loved one

Psycom believes assessments can be a valuable first step toward getting treatment. All too often people stop short of seeking help out of fear their concerns aren't legitimate or severe enough to warrant professional intervention.

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If you think you or someone you care about may be suffering from stress, anxiety, or any other medical health condition, PsyCom.net strongly recommends that you seek help from a mental health professional in order to receive a proper diagnosis and support. For those in crisis, we have compiled a list of resources (some even offer free or low-cost support) where you may be able to find additional help at: https://www.psycom.net/get-help-mental-health.​

Stress FAQs

How can your doctor test your stress level?

There is no standardized test, outside of laboratory research settings, to formally diagnose stress because stress is subjective—what feels very stressful for one person may not cause high levels of stress for another. Only the person experiencing stress can determine how severe it feels. A health care provider may use questionnaires to understand your stress and how it affects your life.

What diagnosis does stress go under?

Stress is not a psychiatric diagnosis, but it is closely linked to your mental health. Stress can cause physical and mental health problems and exacerbate existing problems. For example, if you often struggle to manage feelings of stress, you might develop anxiety or depression.

What causes high stress levels?

Anything that puts high demands or pressure on you can result in high stress levels, especially if you struggle to manage feelings of stress. Some common stressors that can lead to high levels of stress include high-pressure jobs, financial difficulties, taking on too much at once, conflicts at work or home, and failure to take time to relax.

What are the physical symptoms of stress?

Physical symptoms associated with stress can include headaches, high-blood pressure, aches and pains, racing heart, chest pain, muscle tension, jaw clenching, digestive issues, and more. The physical symptoms of stress are plentiful and may vary from person to person.

How can we avoid stress?

Experiencing stress from time to time is normal, but it is important to prevent stress build up that leads to high levels of stress and possibly burnout. Some simple ways to avoid stress include finding effective ways to balance all your responsibilities, getting enough sleep, not taking on too much, eating a healthy diet, and taking part in physical activity.

What is acute stress disorder?

Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a type of anxiety disorder that may occur within one month after experiencing a traumatic event. ASD can last anywhere between 3 days and 1 month. It differs from posttraumatic-stress disorder (PTSD, but causes symptoms also seen in people with PTSD, such as dissociative symptoms, reexperiencing the traumatic events, and avoidance.

Does acute stress disorder go away?

Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a short-term condition and symptoms usually go away over time. Consult with your doctor about the most effective form of treatment for ASD. Treatment may include a psychiatric evaluation, therapy, and medications. Many people with ASD are later diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When should I talk to a doctor about stress?

Talk to your doctor about stress if you are feeling overwhelmed, are reliant on drugs or alcohol to cope with the feelings of stress, have thoughts of hurting yourself, or are experiencing other related conditions, like anxiety or depression. Your doctor can provide advice for better managing your stress, prescribe medication, or refer you to a mental health professional for further diagnosis and treatment.

  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). 5 Things You Should Know About Stress. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/. Accessed July 15, 2021.
  • Mayo Clinic. Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior. Accessed 4/11/2021.
  • Child Mind Disorder. Acute Stress Disorder Basics. Accessed 4/11/2021.
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, National Center for PTSD. Acute Stress Disorder. Accessed 4/11/2021.

Notes: This article was originally published July 14, 2021 and most recently updated September 12, 2022.

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Do you find yourself 'eating emotionally': eating unhealthy foods or eating when you’re not hungry, as a response to stress or difficult feelings?

No, I eat a healthy diet, and only eat when hungry.

I admit I've binged on the occasional Haagen Dazs, but it's not a regular occurrence.

Yes, I have to admit that my diet is pretty unhealthy.

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Stress test during ropejumping — we checked with a smart gadget what happens to the body in extreme situations

We control indicators with the HUAWEI Watch Fit smart watch.

What happens to the human body in extreme situations? How do key health indicators change with the rush of adrenaline? We decided to find out in practice and conduct an experiment. Candidate master of sports in acrobatics and licensed skydiver Pavel Bora volunteered to help us. He will have to make a jump from a 30-meter tower along with the new HUAWEI Watch Fit smart watch and see how his state of stress changes.

HUAWEI Watch Fit is a modern fitness gadget for assessing and monitoring the state of the body. Thanks to this accessory, you can monitor changes in key health indicators and adjust the load during training. The watch helps to assess not only the heart rate during exercise or exercise, but also the level of stress, the quality of sleep, the level of blood oxygen saturation and many other important parameters.

Pavel considers himself an "adrenaline addict" person. It is difficult to find such an extreme activity that he would not have tried to do. He has almost a hundred skydiving, several years of snowboarding and freestyle, wind tunnel flying, bungee rides, motorcycle rides and much more.

— I get high from this feeling, when everything inside you seems to rise up. Usually such a state in the first seconds after the jump is euphoria from free fall. This is the feeling that makes you truly fall in love with life, enjoy moments of complete freedom. I can’t imagine how I could have lived without it for a long time ... For me, it is as vital as water and air.

Especially for the same fans of a wide variety of active sports, HUAWEI Watch Fit provides 96 modes to monitor your workouts, from the usual running and swimming to extreme stress during high-intensity activities. The gadget can automatically determine the type of load that the user is busy with, and also allows you to independently select the mode before the start of the workout. In addition, you no longer need to take your smartphone with you - the gadget has a built-in GPS tracker and allows you to plot routes. Hands will be free!

Pavel is no longer a beginner in rope jumping, but he still takes his training very seriously and responsibly. Ropejumping requires mandatory instruction and a thorough check of all cables and fasteners. Pavel regularly checks his own indicators - pulse, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, stress level. He was accustomed to such scrupulousness by skydiving instructors, who very strictly monitor the results of medical examinations of all skydivers.

- I'm used to being guided not only by sensations, but first of all by objective data. I believe that caution will never hurt even extreme sportsmen. It may not quite fit with the image of a risk taker and adrenaline junkie, but I prefer to prepare thoroughly and do my best not to put myself in danger once again.

It is possible not to suspect that the body is under stress - the process can go unnoticed by a person. Therefore, it is especially important to receive objective data about your condition and respond to their changes. HUAWEI Watch Fit has a stress mode that allows you to know at any time what is really happening with your internal state.

We measure Pavel's performance at rest - a few hours before the upcoming jump. Pulse - 70 beats per minute, stress level - 65 points, degree of blood oxygen saturation - 97%. All indicators correspond to the generally accepted norm for the age and physique of our hero.

Pavel admits that he notices an increase in stress levels and an increase in heart rate even before the release of adrenaline occurs. The process begins a little earlier - during preparation for jumps or races. So the body is mobilized and ready for the upcoming load.

Half an hour before the jump, our hero's stress level increased to 70 points - this is a signal of increased load. The pulse also quickened a little - up to 75 beats per minute, which is still within the normal range.

Pavel notes that the indicators also strongly depend on whether he slept well, how active he was the day before and how he ate. He immediately notices changes in the body.

— The rhythm of my life is frantic. I am constantly on the move, so the body is already used to the stress. I work a lot, have an active rest, often go to bed late, have a bite to eat on the run ... This, of course, affects everything. But I try to keep a balance. If I see that I am overloading the body, I will definitely switch to recovery and rest - I think that it is always necessary to carve out at least a little time for this.

It is important for Pavel that his body works like clockwork and has a supply of energy at its disposal. He demands the same from his gadget. HUAWEI Watch Fit can be used continuously for up to 10 days. And it doesn’t take long to charge the device - thanks to SuperCharge technology, a five-minute charge will last for a whole day, and in just half an hour the battery will be charged up to 70%.

Final preparations and parting words from the instructors. They know that Pavel is an experienced extreme sportsman, so they make fun of him. When our hero is preparing to jump, they are talking among themselves: “Sasha, did you fix the cable?”. In response, you can hear: “What cable?”. And finally - a little black humor: "What do you say, your name was?".

After the jump, Pavel is clearly on the rise. He admits that he feels a surge of energy and would like to repeat.

— It's just an unreal feeling! A wave of emotions, drive, energy ... Now I just want to repeat again and again - to jump until they drive me away. Fall in love with this feeling!

We measure Pavel's performance after the jump. The pulse quickened to 102 beats per minute, and the stress level reached 80 points. Both indicators exceed the norm and show that the body has experienced a serious load. Now Pavel should cool his ardor a bit and let his body relax and recover.

— It is important to know your limits and soberly assess the possibilities. Without this, extreme passion becomes an unjustified risk. In addition, I know from experience that you get the most vivid sensations for the first time. Now you just need to enjoy the moment and share emotions with others. Only in this way will a resource for new achievements appear.

Photo: Ksenia Derevyago

Load testing in ASP.NET Core

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Load testing and stress testing are essential to ensure the efficiency and scalability of a web application. Their goals differ despite the fact that they often use similar tests.

Load testing. Checking if the application can manage a given load of users for a certain scenario according to the response task. The application starts under normal conditions.

Load tests. Testing the stability of applications when running under extreme conditions, often over a long period of time. Tests create a large load on users, peak or gradually increase the load on the application, or limit the application's computing resources.

Load testing determines if an application under load can recover from a crash and gracefully return to expected behavior. Under load conditions, the application does not start under normal conditions.

Azure Load Testing Preview is a fully managed load testing service that allows you to create highly scalable workloads. The service simulates traffic for applications regardless of where they are hosted. The Azure Load Testing preview allows you to use existing Apache JMeter scripts to create a highly scalable load.

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