Text Size

A yes answer to any of the following questions indicates the possible existence of at least one sign of an anxiety disorder. If you have any concern about the anxiety you experience on a regular basis, you should talk with a mental health professional and receive a formal evaluation and diagnosis. Most people wait for far too long (if ever) before getting treatment help that improves or eliminates symptoms in 90%* of patients (*source APA)

Signs of an Anxiety Disorder

  1. Do have a need to check something and then check it again, over and over again?
  2. Do you feel unreasonable fear and worry over normal everyday events?
  3. Do you experience worry or fear, all of a sudden, without any reasonable or apparent cause?
  4. Do you avoid going to normal social events, such as parties or work meetings, because you worry that other people will “judge” you poorly or because you worry that you will do something embarrassing?
  5. Do you experience flashbacks about a traumatic event in the past? Do you feel that you can’t “get past” the event?
  6. Have you ever had a panic attack and if so, do you worry a lot about having another one? Does your worry of having another panic attack keep you from places or events?
  7. Do you have an irrational fear (such as a fear of spiders or heights, for example) that you worry a lot about or that interferes with your ability to live normally?

Answering yes to any of the above questions may indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder.

Subscribe Subscribe to this topic category

Page last updated Jun 15, 2011

Creative Commons License
Copyright Notice
We welcome republishing of our content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the respective authors. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Use Coping Cards to Control Anxiety and Pain Coping cards filled with coping statements can help you trade negative self talk with healthier, more positive replacements. Writing coping cards is an easy, no-cost intervention that might just help you. Read on to learn how to get started. Read Article
Co-Occurring Disorders September 20, 2013 (1)
Reducing Anxiety with Theanine from Tea
L-Theanine for Anxiety – Self Medicating Anxiety with Tea? © Kanko*
How about a cup of tea? L-theanine may not replace your need for therapy or medication, but if you struggle with stress or anxiety, or even if you don’t, the soothing and cognition enhancing effects of this tea amino acid may be just what you need. Read Article
Alternative Therapies August 06, 2013 (6)
Dealing with Emotions in Early Recovery: There Are No "Quick Fixes" During early recovery we often find ourselves raw. But you can't heal what you can't feel. There are no quick fixes. Learn how to let it go. Read Article
Addiction Recovery January 12, 2022

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.

Find Treatment
Browse by region »
Scan to call us
using your phone camera app