Mental stress quiz

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, 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:​

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: 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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Neuropsychic stress test online

Excessive neuropsychic stress, in any kind of activity, is fraught with both physical and mental problems. To find out how stressed you are, take this online quiz.

Choose the state that best suits you today in the online test.

Testing of mental stress is best done individually, in a well-lit room without extraneous sounds and noises. nine0003

1. Presence of physical discomfort:

complete absence of any unpleasant physical sensations;

there are minor discomforts that do not interfere with work

the presence of a large number of unpleasant physical sensations that seriously interfere with work

2. The presence of pain:

the complete absence of any pain do not interfere with work

there are constant pain sensations that significantly interfere with work

3. Temperature sensations:

absence of any changes in the sensation of body temperature

sensation of warmth, increase in body temperature

sensation of coldness of the body, limbs, feeling of "chill"

4. State of muscle tone:

normal muscle tone

moderate increase in muscle tone, a feeling of some muscle tension

significant muscle tension, twitching of individual muscles of the face, neck, arm (tics, tremor)

5. Coordination of movements:

normal coordination of movements

increased accuracy, ease, coordination of movements during writing, other work

decreased accuracy of movements, impaired coordination, deterioration of handwriting, difficulty in performing small movements that require high precision

6. State of motor activity in general:

normal motor activity

increased motor activity, increased speed and energy of movements

sharp increase in motor activity, inability to sit in one place, fussiness, desire to walk, change body position

that do not interfere with work

the presence of unpleasant sensations from the heart - increased heart rate, a feeling of constriction in the heart, tingling, pain in the heart

8. Gastrointestinal manifestations:

absence of any unpleasant sensations in the abdomen

single, quickly passing sensations in the abdomen that do not interfere with work - suction in the epigastric region, a feeling of slight hunger, periodic "rumbling"

pronounced discomfort in the abdomen - pain, loss of appetite, nausea, feeling of thirst

9. Respiratory manifestations:

absence of any sensations

increase in depth and quickening of breathing, not interfering with work

significant changes in breathing - shortness of breath, feeling of insufficiency of inspiration, "lump in the throat"

functions - more frequent desire to use the toilet, with full preservation of the ability to refrain (tolerate)

a sharp increase in the desire to use the toilet, difficulty or even inability to endure

11. Condition of sweating:

normal sweating without any changes

moderate increased sweating

appearance of profuse "cold" sweat

12. Condition of the oral mucosa:

normal condition without any changes moderate increase in salivation

feeling of dry mouth

13. Skin coloration:

normal coloration of the skin of the face, neck, hands

reddening of the skin of the face, neck, hands

blanching of the skin of the face, neck, the appearance of a "marble" (spotted) shade on the skin of the hands

not interfering with work

sharp exacerbation of sensitivity, distractibility, fixation on extraneous stimuli

15. Feeling of self-confidence, in one's own abilities:

general feeling of self-confidence, in one's abilities

increased self-confidence, belief in success

feeling of self-doubt, expectation of failure, failure

16. Mood:

usual mood

high spirits

decreased mood, depression

17. Features of sleep:

normal, ordinary sleep

good, strong, refreshing sleep on the eve

restless sleep with frequent awakenings and dreams during the previous several nights, including the day before

18. Features of the emotional state in general:


a feeling of concern, responsibility for the work performed, "excitement", an active desire to act

a feeling of fear, panic, despair

19. Noise immunity:

normal state without any changes

increase in noise immunity in work, ability to work in conditions of noise and other interference

significant decrease in noise immunity, inability to work with distracting stimuli

20. Features of speech:

ordinary speech

activity, increasing the volume of the voice, speeding up speech without compromising its quality (logicality, literacy, etc.)

) speech disorders - the appearance of long pauses, hesitation, an increase in the number of unnecessary words, stuttering, too quiet voice

21. General assessment of the mental state:

normal state

state of concentration, increased readiness for work, mobilization, high mental tone

feeling of fatigue, lack of concentration, absent-mindedness, apathy, decreased mental tone

22. Features of memory:

ordinary memory

improvement of memory - it is easy to remember what you need

deterioration of memory

23. Features of attention:

normal attention without any changes

improvement in the ability to concentrate, distraction from extraneous matters

deterioration in attention, inability to concentrate on business, distractibility

intelligence, confusion

25. Mental performance:

normal mental performance

increase in mental performance

significant decrease in mental performance, rapid mental fatigue

, mild, quickly passing and not interfering with work phenomena

pronounced, diverse and numerous mental disorders seriously interfering with work

27. The degree of prevalence (generalization) of signs of stress:

single, mild signs that are not paid attention to

clearly expressed signs of stress, not only not interfering with activity, but, on the contrary, contributing to its productivity

a large number of various unpleasant signs of tension that interfere with work and are observed in various organs and systems of the body

28. Frequency of occurrence of a state of tension:

sensations of tension almost never develop

some signs of tension develop only in the presence of really difficult situations

signs of tension develop very often and often without sufficient reasons

minutes, quickly disappears even before the difficult situation has passed

continues for almost the entire time of being in a difficult situation and performing the necessary work, stops shortly after it ends

a very significant duration of a state of tension that does not stop for a long time after a difficult situation

30. General severity of tension:

complete absence or very mild severity

moderately pronounced, distinct signs of tension

pronounced, excessive tension

Questionnaire for mental stress T.A. Nemchin online

Instruction : Assess your condition by selecting those lines that correspond to the signs that you have had recently. At the same time, in each block of features, where three options for the manifestation of a feature are indicated, only one option can be selected. nine0003

Difficulty in concentration, loss of perseverance, muscle hypertonicity, increased mental mobility are signs of neuropsychic stress. This condition occurs in response to increased psychological and mental stress, during stressful situations and work for wear and tear. This is a side effect of the tone of the body, when it turns on and consumes hidden reserves. With moderate loads, such a shake-up is useful, it contributes to development. But if the dynamic period drags on, it can lead to physical and moral exhaustion, deterioration in general well-being and depression. nine0003

Timely identification of neuropsychic tension is essential for taking action and relaxing the nervous system. We propose to do this using a test developed by Professor T. A. Nemchin online for free and without registration.

The test consists of 30 questions describing the symptoms of mental stress. You need to choose from the suggested answers corresponding to your condition:

  • Do you notice a similar sign of tension; nine0262
  • It has a positive effect on your well-being;
  • It has a negative effect on well-being.

An interactive online form will automatically sum up your answers and give one of three conclusions: mild, moderate or severe nervous tension is inherent in you.

Such express diagnostics allows you to quickly respond to the deterioration of your health and change the situation for the better without outside help.


  1. Who is the scale of T. A. Nemchin suitable for
  2. How long will testing take
  3. Can the test results be considered a diagnosis
  4. Is neuropsychic stress dangerous for health
  5. Literature on the topic:

Who is suitable for the scale of T. A. Nemchin

The technique for assessing neuropsychic stress was developed by Professor Nemchin on the basis of fundamental clinical research. The test was tested on a large number of respondents in extreme situations. Due to this, the final version of the questionnaire clearly captures the main symptoms of nervous tension and represents its level as accurately as possible. nine0003

The Nemchin test is useful in medical practice and for self-diagnosis. It is suitable for adults of any gender, age and profession. The questionnaire is recommended for diagnosing mental tension in a difficult situation or its expectation. The test is not recommended for children due to the complexity of the wording of the questionnaire items.

How long will the test take?

The questionnaire contains 30 questions with three options for detailed answers. Take 10-15 minutes in a quiet environment to focus and thoughtfully answer all points. nine0003

Can the test results be considered a diagnosis? It is effective in neurosis, but is not a full-fledged screening. Diagnosis and treatment recommendations can only be provided by a psychotherapist based on a personal consultation and a full range of diagnostic procedures.

The questionnaire consists of three groups of statements regarding physical symptoms, mental discomfort and general malaise of the body. Such a full range of signs allows you to objectively assess the condition of a person. Pay close attention to the aspects for which you answered yes. If you feel any discomfort according to the symptoms described in the test, we recommend that you contact a specialist. Based on the voiced complaints, he will be able to offer you effective methods of treatment and prevention. nine0003

Is mental stress dangerous for health

Moderate stress has a beneficial effect on a person. This is a shake-up, launching the full potential of the body and thinking. A person can feel excitement, enthusiasm, healthy "anger" and a desire to act. During such periods, efficiency, resourcefulness and ingenuity increase. Even in the mode of lack of sleep, vivacity and composure are felt.

But if such a period is prolonged and is accompanied by negative events and experiences, this negatively affects the general tone of the body.

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