What is the Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS)?

The Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS) is a tool used to measure the level of distress one is likely to experience in a distressing situation. It involves rating your expected level of distress on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 indicates no distress at all and 100 indicates the maximum distress imaginable. The SUDS tool calculates this rating in percentages.

For instance, if you have a fear of heights, you may expect that looking down from the first floor of a building will cause you 40% distress, while looking down from the 10th floor of the same building will cause you 90% distress.

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