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Emotional Dysregulation Quiz

Emotional Dysregulation Quiz

How to use our emotional dysregulation quiz?

This online, free, and confidential quiz assesses whether you display traits of emotional dysregulation. This quiz is not diagnostic and is for informational purposes only.

How long is the emotional dysregulation quiz?

Our free emotional dysregulation quiz is 16 questions long and will probably take less than 10 minutes to finish.

What questions are in the emotional dysregulation quiz?

Each question has 5 potential answers: Almost never, Sometimes, About half the time, Most of the time, Almost always.

Examples of scenarios in this assessment include:

  • I have difficulty making sense out of my feelings
  • When I am upset, I believe that I will remain that way for a long time
  • When I am upset, I have difficulty controlling my behaviors

What is this emotional dysregulation quiz based on?

This quiz is based on the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale – 16 item version (DERS-16). The DERS-16 is a 16-item self-report instrument used to screen adults for emotional dysregulation. You can read more about it here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4882111/

What is emotional dysregulation?

If you struggle with emotional dysregulation, it’s difficult for you to manage how you feel and what you do in response to situations that are meaningful to you. You feel emotions intensely and out of proportion to the significance of the situation that triggered them. You also have trouble shifting focus away from your distress. Learn more about emotional dysregulation here.

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