Anxiety Test(2min)

Anxiety Test
Halima Qureshi

Halima S. Qureshi is a practising Clinical Psychologist for the last 5 years, as well as the founding member of Counseling Center in one of the acclaimed Universities of Pakistan. She deals in psychological disorders especially related to early adulthood and adulthood. She is well versed in the field with more than 4 years of teaching and research experience in the field of Psychology. Currently, she is doing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and she is developing Intervention and working with Cognitive Behavior Hypnotherapy for Non-Suicidal Self Injury disorder a newly recognized disorder in DSM 5. Her therapeutic expertise is in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, as well as she is Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistics Programming (NLP) from NFNLP, USA.

In this anxiety test, the levels of anxiety will be measured according to the diagnostic criteria given in DSM 5. This test will measure the level of worries which is experienced by the person and is escalated that hamper the functioning in different areas of life. Before we start the test, we need to know what is anxiety and what is an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety test

Instructions to Follow

In the following questions please make sure to answer each statement. The following statements are regarding your everyday functioning in different domains of life.

1. It is difficult for me to stay calm and keep my worry in control

 

2. I feel restless for most of the days

 

3. I find myself easily tired and fatigued

 

4. I find it hard to concentrate

 

5. My mind goes blank

 

6. It is difficult for me to keep my calm, and situations makes me irritable

 

7. I find my body to be stressed and tensed

 

8. It is difficult for me to have a sound refreshing sleep

 

 



Final Result:

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is defined by The American Psychological Association (APA), is an emotion which is characterized by worrying thoughts, feelings of tension and physical discomfort like stomach ache or increased blood pressure in the face of potential danger. anxiety symptoms cause distress but it does not always require medical attention.

Anxiety is necessary for survival. Since the earliest days of humanity, whenever any danger approached, it causes adrenaline to rush. The adrenaline is a body hormone and it triggers the anxious reactions, ''fight-or-flight. This, in turn, causes our ancestors to either confront the danger and fight it or run to take refuge in a safe place.

Now, the anxiety is revolving around money, work, health, family life and other areas of life that require an individual's attention. A common example of Anxiety would be looking at both sides of the road before crossing it because of the fear of being hit by a car.

When an individual is uncertain about future consequences he or she might face in an unfamiliar and new situation, there will be fear and apprehensions. This is the body's natural response and is named as Anxiety. For instance, giving a presentation in front of the whole class or the first day of a job may cause feelings of fear and nervousness.

Certain amount of Anxiety is necessary for survival and it might actually keep some people motivated to do work and engage in problem-solving. anxiety symptoms become problematic when it starts interfering in daily routine and stops the person from being productive. If the anxiety feelings cross the threshold level and last for six months, then it is called Anxiety Disorder.

Anxiety Symptoms

There is a difference between normal anxiety symptoms and Anxiety Disorder, having a knowledge of that will help the person treat it properly.

Most prominent anxiety symptoms are:

Excessive worries: this worry is out of proportion about the normal everyday situations.

Feeling agitated: This agitation affects the body by altering its functioning. The person experiencing anxiety starts getting shaky, dry mouth, sweaty palms and racing heart.

Restlessness: The person experiencing anxiety symptoms gets overly restless and stays uncomfortable and there is always a need to move.

Fatigue: This is another symptom of anxiety, which is because of overactivity and restlessness that person feels fatigued

Difficulty concentrating: Concentration gets disturbed in case of anxiety, as the agitation, and restlessness causes the lack of focus and person ends up in inability to concentrate on the tasks at hand.

Irritability: This is another symptom of anxiety, the person starts feeling excessively irritable.

Tense Muscles: The muscles get tense and causes discomfort.

Trouble falling or staying asleep: Person surrounded by anxiety and is prone to anxiety symptoms, it gets difficult for them to get sound sleep.

Anxiety disorders

When the anxiety symptoms exceed in intensity, it turns into Anxiety Disorder. It is a mental health diagnosis given to people with excessive worry, apprehension, nervousness, and fear.

Anxiety disorders change how an individual behaves and handles emotions that consequently cause physical symptoms. Mild level of anxiety symptoms causes discomfort and unsettling feelings but severe anxiety symptoms disturb a person's day to day life.

As defined by the American Psychological Association, diagnosis of Anxiety disorder is given when the individual is experiencing persistent intrusive concerns or thoughts. Normal anxiety symptoms when it exceeds a level that it starts interfering in daily life, it becomes an Anxiety Disorder.

Anxiety Test

This anxiety test is based on the criteria given in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM 5), as well as researches done to develop the tools for anxiety disorders.

This test will help you in identifying the severity of the anxiety disorder symptoms. This test will recommend to seek professional help as well in case of requirement. This test is for screening purpose only, and cannot be used for diagnosis and in professional settings.

Anxiety Test(2min)