Stress Tests and Scoring Info

PHQ-9, Test for Depression:
Validity has been assessed against an independent structured mental health professional (MHP) interview. PHQ-9 score > 10 had a sensitivity of 88% and a specificity of 88% for major depression.

GAD-7, Test for Anxiety:
When used as a screening tool, further evaluation is recommended when the score is 10 or greater. Using the threshold score of 10, the GAD-7 has a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 82% for GAD.

PSS, Perceived Stress Scale – Your sense of your stress
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References: printed with permission of the American Sociological ASsoc., from Choen, S., Kamarck, T., and Mermelstein, R. (1983)
Cohen, S., and Williamson, G., The Social Psychology of Health. (1988)

ACEAdversive Childhood Experiences
Finding Your ACE Score


Depression Severity: 0-4 none, 5-9 mild, 10-14 moderate, 15-19 moderately severe, 20-27 severe.


Scores of 5, 10 and 15 are taken as the cut-off points for mild, moderate and severe anxiety, respectively.

Note: Reverse your scores for questions 4, 5, 7, and 8. For these questions,
0 = 4, 1 = 3, 2 = 2, 3 = 1, 4 = 0. Then add scores to get your total.
► Scores ranging from 0-13 would be considered low stress.
► Scores ranging from 14-26 would be considered moderate stress.
► Scores ranging from 27-40 would be considered high perceived stress.

Even scoring a 1 on the ACE can indicate past trauma that has a negative influence on your stress level, or on your confidence to seek a good life. Questions to consider:
How much does this past experience impact me day to day?
How much do these memories interfere with things I want in my life now?
Current trauma techniques like RRT (rapid resolution therapy) can help lessen this kind of interference, without having to relive or retell the whole story.

Your Scores and Healing Plan

Here is a handy form  you can track your scores on, and name a few helpful next steps. I usually give this to clients in the first session.

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