Aussie psychiatrist proposes new test for stress

A WA psychiatrist has proposed a test that could objectively measure the level of stress experienced by a person, paving the way for more accurate diagnoses of depression and anxiety.

Professor Hans Stampfer (pictured) from the University of Western Australia says the test is based on measuring the types and degrees of deviations from a normal circadian heart rate (CHR).

The more substantial the changes, the more likely there will be neuroendocrine dysregulation, which Prof Stampfer says lies at the heart of all mental illness and stress.