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Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents: A Self-Test

How much stress or worry is considered too much? Complete the following
self-test by clicking the YES or NO boxes next to each question, print out the
page, and show the results to your health care professional.

IS IT AN ANXIETY DISORDER?
As a teenager are you troubled by:

1.
Repeated, unexpected "attacks" during which you suddenly are overcome by intense fear or discomfort for no apparent reason, or the fear of having another panic attack?
Yes   No

2.
Persistent, inappropriate thoughts, impulses or images that you can't get out of your mind (such as a preoccupation with getting dirty or worry about the order of things)?
Yes   No

3.
Distinct and ongoing fear of social situations involving unfamiliar people?
Yes   No

4.
Excessive worrying about a number of events or activities?
Yes   No

5.
Fear of places or situations where getting help or escape might be difficult, such as in a crowd or an an elevator?
Yes   No

6.
Shortness of breath or racing heart for no apparent reason?
Yes   No

7.
Persistent and unreasonable fear of an object or situation, such as flying, heights, animals, blood, etc.?
Yes   No

8.
Being unable to travel alone, without a companion?
Yes   No

9.
Spending too much time each day doing things over and over again (for example, hand washing, checking things, or counting)?
Yes   No

More days than not, do you:

10.
Feel restless?
Yes   No

11.
Feel easily fatigued or distracted?
Yes   No

12.
Experience muscle tension or problems sleeping?
Yes   No

More days than not, do you feel:

13.
Sad or depressed?
Yes   No

14.
Disinterested in life?
Yes   No

15.
Worthless or guilty?
Yes   No

16.
Have you experienced changes in sleeping or eating habits?
Yes   No

17.
Do you relive a traumatic event through thoughts, games, distressing
dreams, or flashbacks?
Yes   No

18.
Does your anxiety interfere with your daily life?
Yes   No

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