• Anxiety is a state of uneasiness caused by worry. Having anxiety or a nervous feeling occasionally is normal, usually based on a particular situation. Sometimes the symptoms of anxiety can begin to interfere with normal functioning. If this happens, there are treatments available to help you cope.

    Rate your anxiety symptoms to see if treatment is right for you.

    Think back over the last month in your life. Answer the questions below to determine if you have had symptoms of anxiety.

  • Scoring

    For every question, give yourself points based on the following guide:

    Not at All0 points
    Rarely1 point
    Often2 points
    Frequently3 points
    All the Time4 points

  • 0-14 points

    If you have scored 14 points or below, you do not have symptoms of anxiety that can lead to a disorder. Your symptoms are considered within normal boundaries and are most likely due to situational happenings (right before giving a speech or taking a test). Once the event is over, your anxiety subsides. There are several ways you can ease your anxiety when it appears. Prevention methods are the best. Getting the right amount of sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising are beneficial in preventing moments of anxiety. Furthermore, holistic techniques such as yoga and meditation can help you relax in times of stress. Talking with a counselor as a preventative method is ideal. The more you can implement now, the less likely you are going to experience deeper levels of anxiety later. Counselors can offer you numerous tips and tricks to overcome your anxiety.

    15-28 points

    If you scored between 15 and 28 points, you may be suffering from mild anxiety symptoms.  You may even have an occasional anxiety attack, a time that can be frightening and confusing. There are many ways to treat your mild anxiety on your own. However, seeking professional help from a therapist or Psychiatrist will offer you specific coping skills and relaxation techniques.

    Through cognitive behavioral therapy, counselors can teach you deep breathing and relaxation exercises. They can also help you find out the reasons behind your anxiety. Once you realize the sources of your anxiety, you will be able to overcome your symptoms. A Psychiatrist can also prescribe anti-anxiety medication if upon evaluation, it is decided you can benefit.

    Incorporating alternative healing techniques into your life as soon as possible will help. Therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure are known to result in relaxation by connecting the mind, body and spirit.

    29-42 points

    If you scored between 29 and 42 points, you may be facing moderate anxiety symptoms. You have most likely experienced occasional panic attacks that have been devastating. You may have even gone to the emergency room seeking help for chest pains related to anxiety.

    Moderate anxiety may be preventing you from reaching your full potential at your job and in personal situations. When you once could give an oral speech, now you find yourself getting sick from worry before speaking. You may find it hard to attend social gatherings where you do not know all the guests. You may not be sleeping well due to constant worrying. Your diet may be suffering through a lack of appetite or over-eating. Your health is being affected by your symptoms.

    Moderate anxiety can be reversed. It is important you seek help now, however, from mental health professionals. If left untreated, your anxiety could become severe. Medication is a wonderful way to begin coping with your symptoms. Anti-anxiety medications have offered remarkable results to many people. Meeting with a therapist on a weekly basis can help you learn to cope with your anxiety. Therapists can also monitor your symptoms to show your progress.

    43-56 points

    If you scored between 42 and 56 points, you most likely have severe anxiety disorder.

    All areas of your life are being affected by your anxiety symptoms. You find it hard to leave the house for work and going to social events is likely out of the question. You feel safest in your own home so you begin to isolate yourself and withdraw from society.

    Severe anxiety can mean you are having panic attacks on a regular basis. Logically, you know you should not be panicking but your body cannot stop the attacks. You are constantly thinking of the undesirable things that could possibly happen to you in the future. You may even have a feeling of unexplained dread. You may be having chest pains that feel similar to a heart attack.

    Some people with severe anxiety have symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder. Meaning, they use rituals throughout their day to help them feel safe enough to move from task to task. For example, a person may feel they need to switch the light off and on five times to prevent anything bad happening to them that day.

    It is almost impossible to overcome severe anxiety by yourself. You do not have to go through this alone. In fact, there are many mental health professionals who specialize in anxiety disorders. With medication, cognitive behavioral therapy and alternative holistic healing techniques, you can overcome this disorder. In fact, you can even go on to lead a happy life where your anxiety is at a minimum, or not at all.

    Call for help today. There are many mental health professionals who can offer you relief from your anxiety related symptoms.