Anxiety Self Test:
Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale

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.

Anxiety Self Test

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:

  • 20-44 Normal Range
  • 45-59 Mild to Moderate Anxiety Levels
  • 60-74 Marked to Severe Anxiety Levels
  • 75-80 Extreme Anxiety Levels

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

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