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The POMS is a psychological rating scale used to assess transient, distinct mood states. Advantages of using this assessment include the simplicity of administration and ease of participant understanding. There are two forms of the test; the long form that is administered primarily to adults and the short form which is primarily administered to adolescents. The POMS measures six different dimensions of mood swings over a period of time. These include: Tension or Anxiety, Anger or Hostility, Vigor or Activity, Fatigue or Inertia, Depression or Dejection, Confusion or Bewilderment. A five-point scale ranging from "not at all" to "extremely" is administered by experimenters to patients to assess their mood states.Completion of the assessment can take 5–15 minutes, depending on the form.