Anxiety Screening Test

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.



I am a year old //

Think back about how you’ve felt over the past month. Please choose how often you’ve experienced each of the following anxiety symptoms during the past month.

1. Pounding heart

2. Sweating

3. Trembling or shaking

4. Shortness of breath

5. Afraid or scared

6. Chest pain or discomfort

7. Nausea or abdominal distress

8. Feeling dizzy or unsteady

9. Fear of losing control or going crazy

10. Numbness or tingling sensations

11. Chills or hot flashes

12. Fear of dying

13. Constant or persistent worry

14. Feeling of choking

15. Unable to relax

16. Feeling of being unreal

17. Nervous

18. Feeling shaky or wobbly

19. Irritable or difficulty sleeping

20. Trembling hands

21. I avoid situations because of anxiety

22. Feeling lightheaded or faint



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.


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

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Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Anxiety Screening Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from


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Last updated: 3 Jun 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Jun 2020
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