Anxiety Quiz 2024 – Self-Assessment Test


An anxiety quiz shouldn’t take the place of a professional mental health assessment, but it can point you in the right direction.

If you’re struggling with frequent worrying, you might wonder if you have an anxiety disorder. We all experience anxiety from time-to-time. However, excessive anxiety that interferes with daily life may signify a mental health disorder.

Below, find an anxiety quiz that assesses symptoms related to generalized anxiety disorder.[1] This is a mental health condition associated with frequent worry that doesn’t go away. 

This anxiety quiz should not take the place of an appointment with a mental health professional. However, it can help you decide whether it’s time to seek professional intervention. 

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How often do you feel as if you are on edge or tense?

How often do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?

How often do you find it difficult to concentrate?

How often do you find it difficult to relax?

How often do you feel that your level of worry about everyday events is excessive?

How often do you feel like your worrying is out of control?

How often do you feel you’re worrying more than you should?

How often do you experience unexplained aches and pains, headaches, stomach aches, or muscle aches?

How often do you feel fatigued?

How often do you feel that you startle easily?

How often do you experience physical symptoms like sweating, trembling, feeling lightheaded, or having difficulty swallowing?

How often do you feel that you worry more than others about everyday concerns like work, finances, or health?

Your Result

Anxiety Quiz

How This Anxiety Quiz Works

This quiz evaluates how often you’re experiencing symptoms related to generalized anxiety disorder. It is based upon diagnostic symptoms of this disorder. 

You will receive a total score between 0 and 36. Higher scores indicate a higher level of anxiety. Your total score is the sum of your responses across all items.

Who Is This Anxiety Quiz For?

This quiz is for anyone who might be struggling with symptoms of anxiety. If you feel your worrying is excessive, this quiz can give you insight into whether you have an anxiety disorder. 

This anxiety quiz can also be useful for a friend or loved one who is experiencing anxiety. It will help you or someone else decide if your anxiety is typical or indicative of a disorder.

Is It Accurate?

This quiz cannot diagnose an anxiety disorder. However, it can provide insight into whether you have symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. 

The questions in this quiz are based on diagnostic symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. So, the questions here can give you an accurate reflection of your likelihood of having this mental health condition.

Other Things You Might Want To Know

If you scored as likely or very likely to have generalized anxiety disorder, you may be interested in additional resources. 

View the information below on generalized anxiety disorder from various reputable sources. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of different disorders that involve excessive worrying. Generalized anxiety disorder is perhaps the most common. However, there are other anxiety disorders,[5] including social anxiety, separation anxiety, and phobias.

How common is anxiety?

Globally, 3.7%[6] of people will experience generalized anxiety disorder during their lifetimes. In the U.S., almost 7%[3] of adults and 15%[3] of young adults had anxiety in 2018.

How is anxiety diagnosed?

In the United States, clinicians use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,[7] 5th Edition, to diagnose anxiety disorders. This book lists diagnostic criteria for a variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders.

Who can diagnose anxiety?

Generalized anxiety disorder is diagnosed by physicians, psychiatrists or mental health professionals. Mental health professionals who may diagnose anxiety disorders include psychologists, professional counselors, and clinical social workers. Psychiatric nurse practitioners may also diagnose anxiety disorders.

Resource

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  1. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (2022). Generalized Anxiety Disorder: When Worry Gets Out of Control. [online] Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad.
  2. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (2024). Anxiety Disorders. [online] Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders.
  3. Goodwin, R.D., Weinberger, A.H., Kim, J.H., Wu, M. and Galea, S. (2020). Trends in anxiety among adults in the United States, 2008–2018: Rapid increases among young adults. Journal of psychiatric research, [online] 130, pp.441–446. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.08.014.
  4. Sapra, A., Bhandari, P., Sharma, S., Trupesh Chanpura and Lopp, L. (2020). Using Generalized Anxiety Disorder-2 (GAD-2) and GAD-7 in a Primary Care Setting. Curēus. [online] doi:https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.8224.
  5. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (2024). Anxiety Disorders. [online] Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders.
  6. Ayelet Meron Ruscio, Hallion, L.S., Carmen C.W. Lim, Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., Laura Helena Andrade, Borges, G., Bromet, E.J., Bunting, B., Caldas, M., Koen Demyttenaere, Florescu, S., Giovanni De Girolamo, Oye Gureje, Josep Maria Haro, He, Y., Hristo Hinkov, Hu, C. and Peter De Jonge (2017). Cross-sectional Comparison of the Epidemiology of DSM-5 Generalized Anxiety Disorder Across the Globe. JAMA psychiatry, [online] 74(5), pp.465–465. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.0056.
  7. Seon Cheol Park and Yong Ku Kim (2020). Anxiety Disorders in the DSM-5: Changes, Controversies, and Future Directions. Advances in experimental medicine and biology, [online] pp.187–196. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-32-9705-0_12.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Jacobsen is a university professor and mental health professional with over 10 years of experience writing in the health and wellness space.

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