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Anxiety Self-Check

Are you anxious?

The Anxiety Check is intended for use by older youth and young adults.

This self-check is a tool designed to help identify experiences related to anxiety. It does not provide a diagnosis. For a diagnosis you need to see a qualified professional.

Please read each statement and select the answer indicating how much the statement applied to you over the past week. There are no right or wrong answers. Try not to spend too much time on any one statement.

Reference: Lovibond, S.H. & Lovibond, P.F. (1995). Manual for the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales. (2nd Ed) Sydney: Psychology Foundation

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Question: 1 of 14

I was aware of dryness in my mouth.

Question: 2 of 14

I experienced breathing difficulty (eg. Excessively rapid breathing, breathlessness in the absence of physical exertion).

Question: 3 of 14

I had a feeling of shakiness (eg. Legs going to give way).

Question: 4 of 14

I found myself in situations that made me so anxious I was most relieved when they ended.

Question: 5 of 14

I had a feeling of faintness.

Question: 6 of 14

I perspired noticeably (eg. Hands sweaty) in the absence of high temperatures or physical exertion.

Question: 7 of 14

I felt scared without any good reason.

Question: 8 of 14

I had difficulty in swallowing.

Question: 9 of 14

I was aware of the action of my heart in the absence of physical exertion (eg. A sense of heart rate increase, heart missing a beat).

Question: 10 of 14

I felt I was close to panic.

Question: 11 of 14

I feared that I would be “thrown” by some trivial but unfamiliar task.

Question: 12 of 14

I felt terrified.

Question: 13 of 14

I was worried about situations in which I might panic and make a fool of myself.

Question: 14 of 14

I experienced trembling (eg. In the hands).

Please select an option