TEST YOURSELF: Are You Anxious?

To assess your level of anxiety, ask yourself whether you ever…

  1. have difficulty breathing, excessive sweating, dizziness, lightheadedness or racing heartbeat?
  2. visit a doctor more than twice in six months because you think you’re having a heart attack only to be told upon examination that there is no physical problem?
  3. suddenly fear something terrible will happen?
  4. avoid long car rides, travel on buses, subways, airplanes?
  5. fear leaving home without being accompanied by someone you know well?
  6. avoid crowds or open spaces, such as shopping malls, parks, airports, train stations?
  7. feel tense and unable to relax most of the time?
  8. spend excessive time worrying that bad things will happen?
  9. get extremely anxious when you are the center of attention?
  10. drink or take tranquilizers in order to cope with social occasions?
  11. turn everyday tasks such as washing your hands, checking the alarm clock or locking the front door, into obsessive rituals that you are unable to stop repeating?
  12. have an inability to stop thoughts that don’t make any sense?

A “yes” answer to any of these questions, indicates significant anxiety; visit a physician, or mental health professional who can help identify the source of your anxieties and gain relief.

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