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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.

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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.

References

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

Baldwin, D.S., Anderson, I.M., Nutt, D.J., Allgulander, C., Bandelow, B., den Boer, J.A., … Wittchen, H. (2014). Evidence-based pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder: A revision of the 2005 guidelines from the British Association for Psychopharmacology. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 1-37. DOI: 10.1177/0269881114525674.

Craske, M. (2018, March 1). Psychotherapy for generalized anxiety disorder in adults. UpToDate.com. Retrieved from https://www.uptodate.com/contents/psychotherapy-for-generalized-anxiety-disorder-in-adults.

National Institute of Mental Health. (2019). Anxiety. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety/index.shtml on May 22, 2020.

 

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 August 5, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/anxiety-quiz/

 

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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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