How Do I Know If I Am Too Anxious?

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Summary

Sometimes it is hard to know if you have a problem. This quiz may help you to figure out whether you have problems with anxiety.
 

Not everyone has the same signs of anxiety, but there are ways to take a look at how much anxiety is affecting you, and whether it may be a problem.

Here are questions to help you think about whether you are too anxious. Answer each with a yes or no:

  1. Do you ever have days where you are unable to eat because of worry or anxiety?
  2. In the last month, have you had times where you have left a situation (such as a grocery store) to take charge of your anxiety, because you felt that if you stayed you would faint or have a heart attack?
  3. In the past week, have you had three or more nights when you were unable to fall asleep or stay asleep?
  4. Do you often avoid interacting with other people because you are worried about whether they will like you?
  5. Do you ever feel like your heart is pounding because of anxiety, but you are unable to figure out a clear cause of your anxiety?
  6. Do you use alcohol or other drugs to try to calm your nerves?
  7. Do you ever fear you are “going crazy” or losing control?
  8. Do you ever feel detached from yourself, as if you are not truly in touch with yourself?
  9. Do you ever feel like your mind won’t stop having worried thoughts?
  10. Do you avoid crowded places such as busy restaurants, concerts, or stores?
  11. Do you feel uneasy when taking public transportation such as a bus or train?
  12. Do you fear being alone?
  13. Do you avoid being in confined spaces such as an elevator, a tunnel, or a subway?
  14. Do you avoid social settings such as parties, dates, or family gatherings?
  15. Do you regularly avoid specific things, such as dogs, heights, or spiders?
  16. In the past month have you noticed you have difficulty with concentration?
  17. In the past week have you felt restless or unable to relax?
  18. Do you frequently have muscle pain such as an aching back or stiff neck?
  19. Do you spend more than a few minutes a week worrying that you cannot cope or that you will not be able to manage your stress?
  20. Is it difficult to enjoy a love relationship without fearing that the person you love is going to die or leave you?
  21. Do you ever feel you must go through a series of behaviors (like checking locks or washing hands) in order to keep from feeling anxious?
  22. Do you tend to not volunteer or work on anything unfamiliar because you fear you won’t be good at it?
  23. Do you avoid traveling far from home?
  24. Do you frequently feel dizzy, unsteady, or nauseous?
  25. Do your thoughts often start as “What if….”?

If you answered yes to three or more of the above questions, it may mean that anxiety is a problem for you. It may be a good time to ask for help. In addition to professional help, such as seeing a licensed therapist, you can also take action yourself. If you notice you are struggling with anxiety, think about ways to begin healing yourself. For example:

  • Call a clergy member if you would benefit from spiritual support.
  • Keep a journal. Write out your thoughts and feelings.
  • Call and check in with a trusted friend when anxious.
  • Go for a walk. Spend time in nature.
  • Get regular exercise and eat healthy.
  • Do not take drugs or drink alcohol.
  • Avoid excessive caffeine.
  • Connect with a helpful support network, for instance, an anxiety support group.
By Rebecca Steil-Lambert, MSW, LICSW, MPH
Source: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders
Reviewed by Maria F. Rodowski-Stanco, MD, Associate Medical Director, Beacon Health Options

Summary

Sometimes it is hard to know if you have a problem. This quiz may help you to figure out whether you have problems with anxiety.
 

Not everyone has the same signs of anxiety, but there are ways to take a look at how much anxiety is affecting you, and whether it may be a problem.

Here are questions to help you think about whether you are too anxious. Answer each with a yes or no:

  1. Do you ever have days where you are unable to eat because of worry or anxiety?
  2. In the last month, have you had times where you have left a situation (such as a grocery store) to take charge of your anxiety, because you felt that if you stayed you would faint or have a heart attack?
  3. In the past week, have you had three or more nights when you were unable to fall asleep or stay asleep?
  4. Do you often avoid interacting with other people because you are worried about whether they will like you?
  5. Do you ever feel like your heart is pounding because of anxiety, but you are unable to figure out a clear cause of your anxiety?
  6. Do you use alcohol or other drugs to try to calm your nerves?
  7. Do you ever fear you are “going crazy” or losing control?
  8. Do you ever feel detached from yourself, as if you are not truly in touch with yourself?
  9. Do you ever feel like your mind won’t stop having worried thoughts?
  10. Do you avoid crowded places such as busy restaurants, concerts, or stores?
  11. Do you feel uneasy when taking public transportation such as a bus or train?
  12. Do you fear being alone?
  13. Do you avoid being in confined spaces such as an elevator, a tunnel, or a subway?
  14. Do you avoid social settings such as parties, dates, or family gatherings?
  15. Do you regularly avoid specific things, such as dogs, heights, or spiders?
  16. In the past month have you noticed you have difficulty with concentration?
  17. In the past week have you felt restless or unable to relax?
  18. Do you frequently have muscle pain such as an aching back or stiff neck?
  19. Do you spend more than a few minutes a week worrying that you cannot cope or that you will not be able to manage your stress?
  20. Is it difficult to enjoy a love relationship without fearing that the person you love is going to die or leave you?
  21. Do you ever feel you must go through a series of behaviors (like checking locks or washing hands) in order to keep from feeling anxious?
  22. Do you tend to not volunteer or work on anything unfamiliar because you fear you won’t be good at it?
  23. Do you avoid traveling far from home?
  24. Do you frequently feel dizzy, unsteady, or nauseous?
  25. Do your thoughts often start as “What if….”?

If you answered yes to three or more of the above questions, it may mean that anxiety is a problem for you. It may be a good time to ask for help. In addition to professional help, such as seeing a licensed therapist, you can also take action yourself. If you notice you are struggling with anxiety, think about ways to begin healing yourself. For example:

  • Call a clergy member if you would benefit from spiritual support.
  • Keep a journal. Write out your thoughts and feelings.
  • Call and check in with a trusted friend when anxious.
  • Go for a walk. Spend time in nature.
  • Get regular exercise and eat healthy.
  • Do not take drugs or drink alcohol.
  • Avoid excessive caffeine.
  • Connect with a helpful support network, for instance, an anxiety support group.
By Rebecca Steil-Lambert, MSW, LICSW, MPH
Source: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders
Reviewed by Maria F. Rodowski-Stanco, MD, Associate Medical Director, Beacon Health Options

Summary

Sometimes it is hard to know if you have a problem. This quiz may help you to figure out whether you have problems with anxiety.
 

Not everyone has the same signs of anxiety, but there are ways to take a look at how much anxiety is affecting you, and whether it may be a problem.

Here are questions to help you think about whether you are too anxious. Answer each with a yes or no:

  1. Do you ever have days where you are unable to eat because of worry or anxiety?
  2. In the last month, have you had times where you have left a situation (such as a grocery store) to take charge of your anxiety, because you felt that if you stayed you would faint or have a heart attack?
  3. In the past week, have you had three or more nights when you were unable to fall asleep or stay asleep?
  4. Do you often avoid interacting with other people because you are worried about whether they will like you?
  5. Do you ever feel like your heart is pounding because of anxiety, but you are unable to figure out a clear cause of your anxiety?
  6. Do you use alcohol or other drugs to try to calm your nerves?
  7. Do you ever fear you are “going crazy” or losing control?
  8. Do you ever feel detached from yourself, as if you are not truly in touch with yourself?
  9. Do you ever feel like your mind won’t stop having worried thoughts?
  10. Do you avoid crowded places such as busy restaurants, concerts, or stores?
  11. Do you feel uneasy when taking public transportation such as a bus or train?
  12. Do you fear being alone?
  13. Do you avoid being in confined spaces such as an elevator, a tunnel, or a subway?
  14. Do you avoid social settings such as parties, dates, or family gatherings?
  15. Do you regularly avoid specific things, such as dogs, heights, or spiders?
  16. In the past month have you noticed you have difficulty with concentration?
  17. In the past week have you felt restless or unable to relax?
  18. Do you frequently have muscle pain such as an aching back or stiff neck?
  19. Do you spend more than a few minutes a week worrying that you cannot cope or that you will not be able to manage your stress?
  20. Is it difficult to enjoy a love relationship without fearing that the person you love is going to die or leave you?
  21. Do you ever feel you must go through a series of behaviors (like checking locks or washing hands) in order to keep from feeling anxious?
  22. Do you tend to not volunteer or work on anything unfamiliar because you fear you won’t be good at it?
  23. Do you avoid traveling far from home?
  24. Do you frequently feel dizzy, unsteady, or nauseous?
  25. Do your thoughts often start as “What if….”?

If you answered yes to three or more of the above questions, it may mean that anxiety is a problem for you. It may be a good time to ask for help. In addition to professional help, such as seeing a licensed therapist, you can also take action yourself. If you notice you are struggling with anxiety, think about ways to begin healing yourself. For example:

  • Call a clergy member if you would benefit from spiritual support.
  • Keep a journal. Write out your thoughts and feelings.
  • Call and check in with a trusted friend when anxious.
  • Go for a walk. Spend time in nature.
  • Get regular exercise and eat healthy.
  • Do not take drugs or drink alcohol.
  • Avoid excessive caffeine.
  • Connect with a helpful support network, for instance, an anxiety support group.
By Rebecca Steil-Lambert, MSW, LICSW, MPH
Source: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders
Reviewed by Maria F. Rodowski-Stanco, MD, Associate Medical Director, Beacon Health Options

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