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STRESS ASSESSMENT QUIZ

The Stress Test is a system for ranking your perceived level of stress in relation to 40 different changes in relationships and life styles and situations, from the death of a close family member to a promotion at work. The total score is calculated to determine the level of stress in your life at this particular time.

Why is it important to know the level of stress in our lives? So we can develop skills to help us deal with the level of stress in our lives before the danger zone is reached, because high levels of stress can cause memory loss, wreak havoc on our brain as well as on our immune system.

Event
Stressor Rating
Personal Perception Multiplier (1-10)
Score
Death of your child
100
=
Death of your spouse
99
=
Life-threatening illness
95
=
Prison Term
80
=
Divorce
78
=
Marital separation
68
=
Death of a parent or sibling
68
=
Fired from your job
65
=
Pregnancy
60
=
Hospitalization for serious illness
58
=
Marriage
57
=
Foreclosure on a mortgage
57
=
Serious illness in the family
55
=
Birth of a child
50
=
Demotion at work
50
=
Lawsuit against you
50
=
Retirement
49
=
Sexual problems
45
=
Laid off from work
43
=
Problems with boss
40
=
Major business change
40
=
Major change in finances
39
=
Move to a new town
38
=
Death of a close friend
38
=
Change Careers
38
=
Change in frequency of arguments with spouse
35
=
Change in sleep habits
31
=
Problems with co-workers
30
=
Assuming a mortgage of over 25% of net earnings
29
=
Birth of first grandchild
28
=
Children leaving home
27
=
Problems with extended family
25
=
Significant lifestyle change
24
=
Illness of more than one week
23
=
Promotion at work
23
=
Change in political or religious beliefs
20
=
Assuming a mortgage of over 20% of net earnings
18
=
Change in social life
17
=
Change in diet
15
=
Vacation
10
=
Minor legal problem
10
=
Total Score

(Quiz reproduced from the book Brain Longevity by permission of the author Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.)

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