The Anxiety Test: What It Means and What You Can Do to Cope

By Marla W. Deibler, Psy.D. Executive Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, LLC

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Everyone experiences anxiety. Anxiety is our body’s reaction to what we perceive as threatening. Anxiety can be a healthy and adaptive response to stress. But anxiety occurs on a continuum, ranging from normal, healthy concern on one end to worry, anxiety and panic toward the other end.

Normal caution and concern can help motivate you, estimate risks and get things done. Worry, anxiety and panic are more akin to apprehension or fear. They can dominate your thoughts and make things harder for you. They don’t help you solve problems. They create more problems.

Where do you fall on the anxiety scale? Test your level of anxiety and discover ways to manage your daily stress.

Directions: Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems? Read each of the seven statements. For each item, assign a score of:  

  • “0” if you have not experienced this symptom at all
  • “1” if you have experienced this symptom for several days
  • “2” if you have experienced this symptom for more than half the days
  • “3” if you have experienced this symptoms nearly every day

Scoring: Once you have answered each item, add all answers for a total score.

Understanding Your Score

Total score: 

Article written by Marla W. Deibler, Psy.D.
Executive Director, Licensed Clinical PsychologistThe Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, LLC