Cumulative Stress Test
This was taken from pp 56,57 "Emergency Services Stress - Guidelines For Preserving The Health And Careers Of Emergency Services Personnel" by Jeff Mitchell and Grady Bray - 1990 edition.
Dr. Herbert J. Freudenberger has developed a simple test which can help to determine if a person is developing cumulative stress reactions. He suggests that a person review the changes in his or her life during the past few months. Think about each question for about 30 seconds and then pick the number from the rating scale that represents the category which is more appropriate for you for that question.
Freudenberger advises that the higher the score, the more concern about the potential to develop cumulative stress there should be. But people should not be panicked because they can still do something about their stress level. The sooner a person starts taking care of himself or herself, the better.
1= No Change
2= Little Change
3= moderate change
4= considerable change
5= a great deal of change
1. Do you tire more easily? Feel fatigued rather than energetic?
2. Are people annoying you by telling you, "You don't look so good lately"?
3. Are you working harder and harder and accomplishing less and less?
4. Are you increasingly cynical and disenchanted?
5. Are you often invaded by a sadness you cannot explain?
6. Are you forgetting appointments, deadlines, personal possessions?
7. Are you increasingly irritable? More short-tempered? More disappointed in the people around you?
8. Are you seeing close friends and family members less frequently?
9. Are you too busy to do even routine things such as making phone calls or reading reports or sending birthday cards?
10. Are you suffering from physical complaints (aches, pains, headaches, or lingering cold?)
11. Do you feel disoriented when the activity of the day comes to a halt?
12. Is joy elusive?
13. Are you unable to laugh at a joke about yourself?
14. Does sex seem like more trouble than it's worth?
15. Do you have very little to say to people?
0-25: You are doing fine
26-35: There are a few things that you should watch.
36-50: You are a candidate for cumulative stress.
51-65: You are well into cumulative stress.
over 65: You are in danger. Your physical and mental health are threatened.