Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting children and adults. An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. When anxiety is so persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming that it interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder. Symptoms may include feeling on edge, difficultly concentrating or having their minds go blank, irritability, muscle tensions, sleep problems, and difficulty with controlling worries. A person may also experience panic attacks. Panic attacks are when a person experiences intense fear that may include palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; sweating; trembling or shaking; sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking; and a feeling of impending doom.
Current research suggests that a combo of genetic and environmental factors may be risk factors in developing anxiety. Specific factors include being shy, being female, having a low socio-economic status, having events of significant stress, and anxiety and other mental health disorders in grandparents and parents.
Linked below are quizzes to help test your anxiety level. These quizzes may help distinguish if you suffer from an anxiety disorder. They are by no means a diagnosis, but merely a starting point that can help you talk to your health professional about your anxiety.