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DASS-21 (Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21)


Please read each statement and choose a number 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 which indicates how much the statement applied to you over the past week. There are no right or wrong answers. Do not spend too much time on any statement.

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The rating scale is as follows:

  • 0 - Did not apply to me at all - NEVER
  • 1 - Applied to me to some degree, or some of the time - SOMETIMES
  • 2 - Applied to me to a considerable degree, or a good part of time - OFTEN
  • 3 - Applied to me very much, or most of the time - ALMOST ALWAYS

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1. I found it hard to wind down

 

2. I was aware of dryness of my mouth

 

3. I couldn't seem to experience any positive feeling at all

 

4. I experienced breathing difficulty (e.g. excessively rapid breathing, breathlessness in the absence of physical exertion)

 

5. I found it difficult to work up the initiative to do things

 

6. I tended to over-react to situations

 

7. I experienced trembling (e.g. in the hands)

 

8. I felt that I was using a lot of nervous energy

 

9. I was worried about situations in which I might panic and make a fool of myself

 

10. I felt that I had nothing to look forward to

 

11. I found myself getting agitated

 

12. I found it difficult to relax

 

13. I felt down-hearted and blue

 

14. I was intolerant of anything that kept me from getting on with what I was doing

 

15. I felt I was close to panic

 

16. I was unable to become enthusiastic about anything

 

17. I felt I wasn't worth much as a person

 

18. I felt that I was rather touchy

 

19. I was aware of the action of my heart in the absence of physical exertion (e.g. sense of heart rate increase, heart missing a beat)

 

20. I felt scared without any good reason

 

21. I felt that life was meaningless