Do you suspect that you may be suffering from anxiety symptoms? While this test cannot be used to diagnose anxiety disorders, it can help you learn more about their symptoms and make a recommendation about whether you should seek a professional diagnosis.
To take the test, answer each question by selecting the corresponding radio button. Then, click the bottom button to go to the next question. When all questions have been answered, your results will be scored and you will be advised about whether you should seek a professional evaluation of your symptoms.
To learn more about anxiety and how it relates to depression, scroll down below the test.
What Is Anxiety?
Just about everyone knows what anxiety feels like. Your heart beats faster, your stomach churns and your hands shake. You feel nervous and jumpy. And, the hormonal responses that trigger these feelings are actually quite normal and necessary. They are part of what is called the fight-or-flight response. It is called this because, back in the early days of human history, our greatest need was self-preservation, either by gearing up to fight a hungry predator or running from him. These biochemical changes helped us to mobilize our energy stores quickly and to be stronger and faster when it was necessary for survival.
But, things are different in modern times. The things that we fear the most - like losing our jobs or becoming ill - are not things that we can do physical battle with. We still produce all of these same chemicals in bodies, but we have no way to resolve our fears or make them go away. Instead, we go around feel worried and anxious all the time.
What Is an Anxiety Disorder?
It is quite normal to feel anxious in certain situations; however, if your anxiety never seems to go away or it is seriously interfering with your quality of life, it may be that you have an anxiety disorder.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are several different types of anxiety disorders, including the following:
- Generalized anxiety disorder - This disorder is characterized by chronic worry and anxiety.
- Social phobia - This disorder is also commonly known as shyness.
- Panic disorder - People with panic disorder endure debilitating attacks of fear and anxiety which occur for no discernible reason.
- Agoraphobia - People with this disorder have extreme fear and anxiety associated with being confined in crowded or enclosed open spaces where they cannot rapidly get away.
- Phobias - A phobia refers to an extreme and irrational fear of a specific thing, for example, a fear of spiders is called arachnophobia.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder - People who go through extremely traumatic events like a war or a natural disaster may develop this condition. Some of the symptoms include having nightmares or flashbacks of the event and an avoidance of situations which are reminiscent of the original trauma.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder - This condition involves compulsive thoughts and a need to perform certain rituals in order to quell feelings of anxiety associated with these thoughts.
Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Symptoms of anxiety disorders fall into two categories: psychological and physical.
Psychological symptoms may include worry, negativity and excessive vigilance.
The physical side of anxiety may include such symptoms as pounding heartbeat, sweating, feeling out of breath, dizziness, chest pain, shaking, stomach upset, dry mouth, sleeplessness and restlessness.
How Does Anxiety Relate to Depression
While it is not understood exactly how these two conditions are related to each other, they often occur in the same people. In addition, they often respond to the same medications. For example, the antidepressant Zoloft can also be used to treat certain anxiety disorders.
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