How anxious are you? Use this quiz to help you determine if you might need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of an anxiety disorder or panic disorder.
Instructions: This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might have an anxiety disorder that needs professional attention. This screening measure is not designed to make a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder or take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. Please take the time to fill out the below form as accurately, honestly and completely as possible. All of your responses are confidential.
Learn More About Anxiety
Some anxiety is a part of most people’s normal, everyday life. However, when anxiety becomes debilitating and starts interfering with your life, it may be related to an undiagnosed anxiety disorder. There are a few common types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, and simple, specific phobias. Obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are also considered anxiety disorders, but aren’t addressed by this quiz.
Symptoms common to someone suffering from an anxiety disorder include: muscle tension; physical weakness; memory issues; sweaty hands; fear or confusion; trouble relaxing; constant worry; shortness of breath; heart palpitations; an upset stomach; and poor concentration. Most people experience a few of these symptoms when diagnosed with one of these conditions.
Learn more: Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms or Panic Disorder symptoms
Learn more: What causes anxiety disorders
Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders can be treated, usually with a combination of psychotherapy and medications. The first-line treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias is nearly always cognitive-behavioral therapy. This is a well-researched method for quick and direct treatment of this condition — often without the need of medications.
Some people also find medications helpful for the treatment of their anxiety symptoms. Because of their non-addictive qualities, many physicians prefer to prescribe a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) for first-line treatment of anxiety disorders.
Learn more: Treatment for Anxiety
Our anxiety screening test is based upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 5th Ed., 2013) criteria for panic and anxiety disorders. All rights reserved.
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