Should You Take An Anxiety Test? What it Can and Can’t Tell You

 

Anxiety disorders are said to impact 18.1% of the adult population in the United States alone per year. They are among the most common mental health conditions, but that doesn’t mean that anxiety disorders are easy to live with. Here’s some information about the various types of anxiety disorders and what an anxiety test can and can’t tell you.

About Anxiety Disorders 

There’s more than one type of anxiety disorder. Each anxiety disorder is characterized by a different set of symptoms and is diagnosed based on a specific set of criteria. Anxiety disorders can range in severity and can impact one’s daily life in serious ways if left unaddressed. While these do not encompass every possible diagnosis of an anxiety disorder, here are some common anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by persistent, ongoing, and excessive worry about various topics.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder. Social anxiety disorder is very much what  it sounds like. Also called social phobia, social anxiety disorder is a disorder that is characterized by excessive worry surrounding social situations.
  • Panic Disorder. Panic disorder is characterized by the occurrence of panic attacks and fear of future panic attacks.
  • Agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is characterized by an extreme fear of public or crowded spaces and situations where a person may become embarrassed, trapped, or unsafe. As a result of the fear of public spaces a person with agoraphobia experiences, it’s common for people with agoraphobia to struggle to leave their home.
  • Specific Phobia. This diagnosis refers to a phobia or irrational fear surrounding something that realistically poses little to no danger. Examples of specific phobias may include but aren’t limited to a fear of heights, a fear of flying, or something else.

It is possible to be diagnosed with more than one anxiety disorder, and it is common for individuals to have one or more comorbid or co-occurring disorders. 

What An Anxiety Test Can And Can’t Tell You

An anxiety test or quiz can tell you if you have symptoms that align with an anxiety disorder. Taking an anxiety test can give you insight into your symptoms, and it might just be the first step to reaching out for help. However, an anxiety test cannot tell you if you have an anxiety disorder for sure. Many symptoms of anxiety overlap with other medical and mental health conditions, so taking an anxiety test or questionnaire is not a replacement for a diagnosis from a qualified professional in any case. To get a diagnosis, you must see a doctor, such as a psychiatrist, who is qualified to diagnose mental health conditions or disorders. The diagnosis of anxiety disorders is typically a short, noninvasive process. Most often, you’ll be asked a series of questions about your symptoms and history and will be diagnosed based on your answers. You can seek a second opinion from another provider if you aren’t sure as to if the first assessment you receive from a medical or mental health professional is adequate. 

Find A Therapist 

Whether you’re looking for support regarding symptoms of a mental health condition, life stressors, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, or something else that’s going on in your life, a counselor therapist can help. There are a variety of ways to find a therapist. You can ask your doctor for a referral, search the web, contact your insurance company to see if they cover, or use a website like mind diagnostics that can help you find someone who is licensed to practice in your area and work with you. All you have to do is type in your zip code, and you’ll see a range of providers who are licensed in your area. There are also free mental health tests on the Mind Diagnostics website, including an anxiety test. While, again, these aren’t used as diagnostic tools, taking an online test could be the first step to getting the support you need and can be valuable tools for this reason. Regardless of how you find a therapist, you deserve to get the support you need, so don’t hesitate to take the first step and reach out for help.  

About RJ Frometa

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