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This information is about the specific health area mentioned above. It comprises a combination of textual and video information, on our site and on external sites.  We will be adding new specific health areas and further information continually.

The idea is for you to understand more about the health area you are addressing before you get too far building your action plan.

General Information

Stress can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain. Stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action, particularly harmful situations – whether real or perceived.  When you feel threatened a chemical reaction happens in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury or harm. This is called a ‘flight or fight’ response and your heart rate increases,breathing speeds up, muscles tighten ready for action and blood pressure rises.

Everyone experiences stress to some degree. The way you respond to stress, however, makes a big difference to your overall well-being.

WebMD say: Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kids, during busy times at work, when managing your finances, or when coping with a challenging relationship. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK — some stress is actually beneficial — too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically.

It’s sometimes difficult to work out whether stress is the result of problems or actually the cause of them!

Stress is closely linked to your mental health:

  • Stress can cause mental health problems (and make existing problems worse) – you might develop anxiety or depression
  • Mental health problems can cause stress – coping with mental health issues can be a cause of stress

If you’re not careful, this can turn into a Vicious Circle.

Background Information

There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.

On our site


StressDrive is about understanding what stress is. it shows you how to manage stress and helps you understand yourself more and the specific causes of stress.

We have relevant information on StressDrive

ChangeDrive is a must read. It identifies the type of person you are, your attitude to change and your history to demonstrate whether you are a real change agent or a procrastinator.

We have relevant information on ChangeDrive

On external site(s)

Stress is a long term killer but you can do something about it.

Click on the link below to see what ten steps you can take to reduce stress levels.

Stress often is identified as mood. Why not take a mood test from the NHS and if you identify your issues place them into an action plan


Sometimes the owner of a video will not allow the video to be played on external sites.  If you see the video is unavailable on the left just click the ‘WATCH NOW’ link on the right and the video will play in a new window.

tips on dealing with stress instantly

Feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? These 7 stress management techniques will give you the quality of life and the happiness you deserve. Learn more about how to relieve stress in this article:…

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In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

The ways you can take a questionnaire:

Questionnaire on our site

Take Questionnaire on our site

You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

You will see our questionnaire first, possibly followed by a tab which may contain a second questionnaire (see above).  If you scroll down you will see links to external questionnaire(s) or downloads if there are any. Scroll down until you get to the right place for you!

Our Questionnaire

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is the most widely used psychological instrument for measuring the perception of stress. It is a measure of the degree to which situations in one’s life are appraised as stressful. Items were designed to tap how unpredictable, uncontrollable, and overloaded respondents find their lives. The scale also includes a number of direct queries about current levels of experienced stress. The PSS was designed for use in community samples with at least a junior high school education. The items are easy to understand, and the response alternatives are simple to grasp. Moreover, the questions are of a general nature and hence are relatively free of content specific to any subpopulation group. The questions in the PSS ask about feelings and thoughts during the last month. In each case, respondents are asked how often they felt a certain way.

Welcome to your Mental Abuse Questionnaire

Our test has 15 multiple choice questions which give you a score which indicates the extent there is mental (or emotional) abuse in your relationship.

The same questions can be found in the quiz at DV (Domestic Violence) Assist, although the scoring is different there.


1. My partner never admits when she or he is wrong.

2. My partner is unwilling to adapt to my needs and expectations.

3. My partner is more insensitive than caring.

4. I am often forced to sacrifice my own needs to meet my partner's needs.

5. My partner refuses to talk about problems that make him or her look bad.

6. My partner withholds affection unless it would benefit him or her.

7. It's hard to disagree with my partner because she or he gets angry.

8. My partner resents being questioned about the way he or she treats me.

9. My partner builds himself or herself up by putting me down.

10. My partner retaliates when I disagree with him or her.

11. My partner is always trying to change me.

12. My partner believes he or she has the right to force me to do things.

13. My partner is overly possessive or jealous.

14. My partner tries to isolate me from family and friends.

15. Sometimes my partner physically hurts me.

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A Butterfly Life: 4 Keys to More Happiness, Better Health and Letting Your True Self Shine

Times of change can be a challenge, no doubt! Whether it’s a relationship breakup, job loss, or being diagnosed with a serious health issue. Or you may WANT things to be different, but it feels a little scary or overwhelming. The butterfly reminds us change can be beautiful, even necessary, in order to realize our full potential and live our best life.