Taking an anxiety self test is the best place to start to be able to understand your symptoms and start you on the road to recovery.
The Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale was created by Dr. William W.K. Zung a psychiatrist from Duke University to rate anxiety levels. It's pretty accurate and very commonly used by doctors.
Zung's Anxiety Self Test Scoring
1 = A little of the time
2 = Some of the time
3 = Good part of the time
4 = Most of the time
And please be honest with yourself, that's the only way it will work...
Ok, so let's get started.
Now, just answer the questions on a scale of 1-4. Remember, the higher the number, the more frequent are your symptoms.
1. I feel more nervous and anxious than usual.
2. I feel afraid for no reason at all.
3. I get upset easily or feel panicky.
4. I feel like I’m falling apart and going to pieces.
5. I feel that everything is all right and nothing bad will happen.
6. My arms and legs shake and tremble.
7. I am bothered by headaches neck and back pain.
8. I feel weak and get tired easily.
9. I feel calm and can sit still easily.
10. I can feel my heart beating fast.
11. I am bothered by dizzy spells.
12. I have fainting spells or feel like it.
13. I can breathe in and out easily.
14. I get numbness and tingling in my fingers and toes.
15. I am bothered by stomach aches or indigestion.
16. I have to empty my bladder often.
17. My hands are usually dry and warm.
18. My face gets hot and blushes.
19. I fall asleep easily and get a good night’s rest.
20. I have nightmares.
Ok, now add up your score and use that total to determine where you fall on the scale below:
While this is certainly no diagnosis, it might help to point you in the right direction. It may also help you to figure out if you should see a doctor or not. Either way, remember that there is no shame in having an anxiety disorder. And if you have to seek anxiety and depression treatment, remember that it is a health condition that may require help. A diabetic isn't afraid to take insulin, right?... Just be sure to read up on the different types of anti anxiety medications beforehand.... I wish you the best on your road to recovery!
References: Wikipedia: Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale
Zung WWK. A rating instrument for anxiety disorders. Psychosomatics. 1971