Anxiety disorders are among one of the most prevalent mental, emotional and behavioural problems in the world, estimated to affect 3.6% of the global population as of 2015, or about 264 million people.
Anxiety is one the most distressing emotions one can feel. A constant worry about the future and a constant struggle to cover all possible outcomes,often tends to kick the enjoyment out of life.
Occasional anxiety a normal part of everyday life. One might feel anxious when faced with certain problems at work, before taking tests, or while making an important life decision. Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. In a person suffering from an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get much worse over time. These feelings can easily interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.
Anxiety disorders are sometimes mistaken for shyness. Some people tend to embrace anxiety disorders as part of themselves, leading to severe restrictions in lifestyle.
Anxiety disorders are treatable. A variety of therapeutic modalities, including medications are available for the treatment for anxiety disorders. Identification is the first step in management.
Take the online anxiety test
The Beck Anxiety Inventory is a well accepted self-report measure of anxiety in adults and adolescents for use in both clinical and research settings. The following test is loosely based on the same.
- Please carefully read each item in the list.
- Indicate how much you have been bothered by that symptom during the past month, including today, by choosing an appropriate answer.