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Anxiety

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There are many different forms of anxiety—and many different ways to overcome the problem. Explore the various types of anxiety disorders and their symptoms, and what you can do to get relief.

Anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it can motivate you and help you stay focused under pressure. But when worries, fears, or panic attacks start to get in the way of your life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. But peace of mind may not be as far away as you think. There are many things you can do to get your anxiety in check and regain control of your life.

 
 

Do you have a problem with anxiety? Take the quiz and find out >>

Do I Have an Anxiety Disorder?

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you:

Not at all

Several days
(1 point)

More than half the days
(2 points)

Nearly every day
(3 points)

1. Felt nervous, anxious, or on edge?

2. Not been able to stop or control worrying?

3. Worried too much about different things?

4. Had trouble relaxing?

5. Been so restless that it’s hard to sit still?

6. Become easily annoyed or irritable?

7. Felt afraid as if something awful might happen?

Please answer all the questions

Score:

A note about your score: Sometimes others are able to assess us easier than we're able to assess ourselves. If possible, have someone close to you also complete this quiz for you, then compare answers.

Score

Your anxiety level

0 to 4

Minimal anxiety . While it’s normal to experience some anxiety from time to time, your score suggests that you do not have an anxiety disorder.

5 to 9

Mild anxiety . Many people function normally with this amount of anxiety but if anxiety affects your everyday life, it’s time to take action. 

10 to 14

Moderate anxiety. You may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Remember: you don’t have to live with anxiety and fear; there are steps you can take.

15 to 21

Severe anxiety . Worries, fears, or anxiety attacks seem to be impacting your daily life. But there are plenty of treatment options to help you regain control of your life.

Next step…

If you scored 5 or more, read Anxiety Disorders & Anxiety Attacks to identify the type of anxiety disorder you may have and the best treatment options available.

This questionnaire is not intended to replace professional diagnosis.
Source: GAD-7, Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke

 
 

Topic articles

Types of anxiety disorders

Anxiety treatment and self-help

 
 

What is an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Most of us have worried or felt nervous when facing challenges, making important decisions, or preparing for a big presentation, performance, or exam. But anxiety disorders are different. They involve persistent or severe fear or worry in situations where most people wouldn’t feel threatened—and they interfere with your quality of life. There are many different anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder. As a group, anxiety disorders represent the most common mental health concern in the U.S.

 
 

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Anxiety Disorders and Anxiety Attacks: Learn about the signs and symptoms of anxiety and the different types of anxiety disorders. Once you’ve identified the problem, explore treatments and self-help strategies that can help you regain peace of mind. MORE »

How to Stop Worrying: Are you plagued by anxious thoughts and near-constant worries? Learn self-help strategies that can help you stay calm, stop obsessing over “what-ifs,” accept uncertainty, and break the habit of chronic worrying. MORE »

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common anxiety disorder that involves chronic worrying, nervousness, and tension. Learn about the symptoms and what you can do put a stop to the anxiety loop. MORE »

 
 

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