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Online Depression, Anxiety and Stress scale questionnaire DASS-21

Welcome to the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale questionnaire, known as the DASS- 21. This shorter version is a self reporting questionnaire, it measures the severity of a range of symptoms that are common to depression, anxiety and stress.

Not only will it provide a view of the level of emotional distress you may be experiencing and in which particular categories, but it will also act as a measure of your response to our treatments as your progress through therapy.

As depression, anxiety and stress are closely related, your range of scores will provide us a further opportunity for specific targeted interventions to address any new information or pre existing conditions that we may uncover and become aware of during therapy.

This questionnaire is used as an informative process and in this particular context it is not used for any diagnostic purposes. Please consider your responses based on what you have experienced over the last week in relation to the questions.

By answering all the questions as accurately and honestly as possible, this will ensure that the clearest score is produced from your responses. Selecting to respond with your initials or first name and email address, you will receive a direct email with your range of score explaining the ranges.

You also have the choice to respond anonymously, and no personal data will be stored by our company.

If you would like Mike to make contact with you to discuss your questionnaire results in more detail, please complete the user details and email address at the end of the questionnaire. This will ensure (only) Mike receives your results and can contact you. If you wish to answer the questions anonymously, please leave the user details blank. 

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

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Lovibond, S.H. & Lovibond, P. F. (1995). Manual for the Depression Anxiety & Stress Scales. (2nd Ed.)Sydney: Psychology Foundation