Quiz – Do you have anxiety?
It’s normal to be worried about specific events or things that are happening in our lives. But, when we are starting to feel anxious in general and not just about specific things and those feelings don’t subside, there’s a chance of having generalized anxiety.
Generalized anxiety can be just feeling anxiety for no specific reason or feeling excessive anxiety about something that should not be a cause for anxiety, like, going to the store or making a simple phone call. Here is a list of some of the symptoms of anxiety to help you see how many of these symptoms you might have. Not to worry though, there are lots of ways to help reduce generalized anxiety.
Do you have the symptoms of generalized anxiety?
Give your self 1 point for every one of the following symptoms you have:
racing thoughts or unwanted thoughts
feeling of impending doom
sensation of an abnormal
tightness in chest
2-5 Points – Possibility of Having Generalized Anxiety – Try some stress reducing activities like: Pursuing an enjoyable activity or verbalizing frustration. Relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, rhythmic exercise. Make sure you’re eating healthy. Diet can play a huge role in mood and one’s ability to deal with stress.
6+ Points – Moderate to Severe Anxiety – In addition to the relaxation helps listed above consider getting professional help. A counselor or therapist can help identify troubling circumstances or thought patterns that could be leading to anxiety.
Note: This is an estimate based on responses and not to be considered an official medical diagnosis.
Other ways to reduce anxiety:
Counseling: Meeting with a therapist or mental health counselor can help you identify troubling elements in your life or past that may be currently causing you anxiety. Working through past trauma or difficult circumstances can really make a big difference in helping you with your ability to cope.
Breathing: Taking deep breaths and breathing out slowly helps bring oxygen to the brain that helps calm the central nervous system. When you feel anxiety coming on, this is a great way to help get centered again.
Medication: If counseling and breathing techniques aren’t helping, talk to a psychiatrist about medication. There are a lot of anti-anxiety medications on the market that really help with day to day living for those who are struggling with generalized anxiety.