Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holmes Rahe Stress Chart

What about stress and mental illness?   Many experts tell us that stress is a key factor in major depression and other other maladies of the mind. There is strong clinical evidence that the first episode of a mental illness is more than likely to be triggered by extreme stress.
What kind of stress am I talking about.  Here is a great quote.
Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that "demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize." In less formal terms, we feel stressed when we feel that "things are out of control."
Richard S. Lazarus
I will show you by this chart what my stresses were when I had my first episode at age twenty nine.  You then can go to the web site, read more about stress. You can also take the test that is below on the link I am going to give you.

If you would like to read a first hand account of my battle with stress and mental illness, please see Broken Minds Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You're Losing It. Robyn Bloem is my co-author.  The link is
Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page for my score.
My score for the test was 380.
Now, I will take the test and then you can take it at

Life EventValue 
1Death of spouse 100 xx100
3Marital separation65
4Jail term63
5Death of close family member63
6Personal injury or illness 53 xx53x
8Fired at work47
9Marital reconciliation45
11Change in health of family member 44xx44x
12Pregnancy           40xx40
13Sex difficulties39
14Gain of new family member 39xx39x
15Business readjustment39
16Change in financial state 38xx38x
17Death of close friend37
18Change to a different line of work 36xx36x
19Change in number of arguments with spouse35
20A large mortgage or loan31
21Foreclosure of mortgage or loan30
22Change in responsibilities at work 29xx29x
23Son or daughter leaving home29
24Trouble with in-laws  29xx29x
25Outstanding personal achievement 28xx28x
26Spouse begins or stops work26
27Begin or end school/college 26xx26x
28Change in living conditions 25xx25x
29Revision of personal habits24
30Trouble with boss 23xx23x
31Change in work hours or conditions20
32Change in residence 20xx20x
33Change in school/college20
34Change in recreation19
35Change in church activities 19xx19x
36Change in social activities18
37A moderate loan or mortgage17
38Change in sleeping habits16
39Change in number of family get-togethers15
40Change in eating habits15
43Minor violations of the law11
Your 380 Total                                                                                               

Note: If you experienced the same event more than once, then to gain a more accurate total, add the score again for each extra occurrence of the event.

Score Interpretation

300+You have a high or very high risk of becoming ill in the near future.
150-299You have a moderate to high chance of becoming ill in the near future.
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You have only a low to moderate chance of becoming ill in the near future.

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