The Anxiety Test — What Kind of Anxiety Do You Suffer From?
Despite what most people think, anxiety is a normal part of life. Anxiety is a feeling that tells us that we are in danger or that there is something that we should be worried about. Although anxiety may be uncomfortable, it’s one of the millions of ways that our body communicates with us.
But even if the feeling of anxiety is nothing out of the ordinary; anxiety can be overwhelming when it begins to get in the way of our everyday life. If we suddenly find ourselves overwhelmed by irrational fear and anxiety then we might be suffering from a type of anxiety disorder. If this fear and anxiety prevents us from socializing, interacting or doing activities that most others do without a second thought, then that’s another sign that we might be suffering from one or more types of anxiety disorder.
People deal with anxiety in different ways; but people who suffer from anxiety disorder tend to cave under the stress and pressure of anxiety. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from anxiety disorders might not even know that they are suffering from a psychological condition.
To help find out if you might be one of the millions of people silently suffering from anxiety take some time to answer this anxiety online test. Remember, this test isn’t supposed to act as a substitute to professional medical and psychiatric advice, but it can give you an idea if your anxiety is something to be worried about.
Anxiety Test Question 1:
In what particular situations do you feel most anxious?
a. When I’m scheduled to attend a social event like a party or a gathering where I don’t know too many people.
b. When I can’t be sure if I have done something correctly. So I double, sometimes even triple check if I had finished it properly.
c. When something I fear is either present, being talked about, or is forthcoming.
d. I usually feel anxious for no reason I understand. It comes out of the blue and without warning.
e. I hardly feel anxious; or not often enough that I take note of it.
Anxiety Test Question 2:
What parts of your life are affected by your anxiety?
a. My social life. I am unable to maintain relationships unless they are with close, long time friends and family.
b. My schedule and my efficiency in the work place. I find myself thoroughly reviewing my work to the point that I hardly get any of the new tasks done.
c. My ability to do something specific that others take for granted. What others find completely harmless, I find utterly terrifying.
d. My entire life in general. My anxiety tends to affect unspecific parts of my life, if not the whole of it.
e. Although I feel anxiety every so often, it does not get in the way of my life.
Anxiety Test Question 3:
What do you often worry about before you sleep?
a. I tend to worry about that upcoming party that I’ve been invited to.
b. I tend to worry about whether I had properly finished that task I was asked to do that night.
c. I tend to worry about that one thing I fear creeping up on me while I’m in bed. Worse yet, is dreaming about it.
d. I tend to worry about everything, without rhyme or reason.
e. I tend to worry about the little things, but nothing to lose sleep over.
Anxiety Test Question 4:
When do you feel symptoms such as heart palpitations, uncontrollable sweating and/or trembling hands?
a. When I am in a crowded room full of party guests.
b. When I am unable to check my work, or do it over again until I’m satisfied.
c. When I am confronted with that one thing I fear the most.
d. I tend to feel those things at random and out of nowhere, but quite often.
e. I hardly ever feel those things, but when I do it’s during a life or death situation.
Anxiety Test Question 5:
Do you consider yourself an anxious person? How often do you feel anxious?
a. From time to time, especially if I am forced to socialize among people I am not familiar with in places I do not know.
b. Quite often, especially when I have no control over a certain situation, especially if it’s not the way I want it to be.
c. Sometimes, but only when what I am afraid of triggers my anxiety.
d. Almost all the time. I don’t know where my anxiety is coming from, but when it is there, it’s very overwhelming.
e. Hardly ever. But when I do feel anxious everyone else finds it to be completely normal.
Anxiety Test Question 6:
Among the situations listed below; what do you fear the most?
a. Having to enter a crowded room of people, especially if I have to deliver a speech to everyone there.
b. Having to leave a particular work task I realize I may not have finished or thoroughly reviewed.
c. Something else entirely; but should I confront it, I know I’ll be paralyzed with fear almost immediately.
d. Almost everything and anything; but I can’t say what they are. I find myself randomly afraid of things. It worries me and causes me to feel anxious and uneasy.
e. Being unable to provide or protect my family, or losing someone I love.
Anxiety Test Question 7:
Among the scenarios listed below; what are you particularly not fond of doing?
a. I do not like being thrust into the limelight; even if it’s something I am being awarded for.
b. Not being able to give in to certain impulses or compulsions that give me comfort.
c. Being in a conversation about that one thing I fear – especially since people find it amusing, or trivial.
d. I am not fond of anything I am not immediately comfortable or familiar with. Anything outside of that is uncomfortable or stressing for me.
e. None of the situations listed above. -
Anxiety Test: The Results
After having answered the questions above, tally up your answers. If a certain letter (from A to E) makes up a majority of your answers (4 out of 7), then check below to see what that says about you and your anxiety.
Each letter presents a kind of anxiety disorder; but these aren’t the only kinds of anxiety disorders. Should you want to know more about some of the other kinds of anxiety disorders, continue reading this blog or set a consultation meeting with a medical professional.
Mostly answered A? You might have Social Anxiety Disorder.
This particular kind of anxiety disorder instills a strong fear of crowds and publicity into a person. People who suffer from social anxiety disorder do their best to avoid social gatherings and large social interactions, especially among those they do not know. Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder also include paranoia of being, watched scrutinized and criticized by other people behind your back.
Mostly answered B? You might have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
This type of anxiety disorder is rooted in the various obsessions and compulsions of a certain individual. This particular kind obsessive behaviour can lead to constant repetition of a certain action; whether it’s the washing of hands or the arrangement of your things. Any hair out of line may be absolutely maddening since you demand that your standards are followed to the tee.
Mostly answered C? You might have a Phobia Disorder.
This kind of anxiety disorder deals with having a specific phobia or fear that induces anxiety. Phobia disorders are very specific in nature and are usually akin to a fear of spiders, flying or even blood. However, some sources of phobia can be very extraordinary such as a fear of birds, cars or even wide open spaces. Although this kind of phobia is very specific; it is no less debilitating should the subject be caught amidst the source of their fear.
Mostly answered D? You might have General Anxiety or Panic Disorder.
This is the most common kind of anxiety disorder affecting millions of people across the world. Unfortunately, it is also the hardest form of anxiety to pinpoint. Anxiety and panic attacks are triggered (in what appears to be) at random. Anxiety is felt on a daily basis and is a very real obstacle to living a normal life. You feel constantly restless, irritated and edgy; as if in a constant state of tension.
Mostly answered E? You might not have an anxiety disorder at all.
Your anxiety levels are normal and you feel anxious for all the normal reasons. Anxiety is part of your life but in a way that does not get interfere with your daily activities.
As mentioned earlier, this anxiety questionnaire is not designed to be a replacement for professional medical opinion, nor is it designed to give you definite answers regarding your condition, just some broad pointers. If you believe that you are suffering from any type of anxiety disorder, make sure to consult your physician or psychiatrist as soon as possible for a more in depth test, but don’t be shy to get more than one opinion, especially if medication as the only solution is strongly promoted to you.