The Three Minute Clinical Anxiety Test

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health issues in the world. Nearly 40 million American’s suffer from some form of anxiety. Of those 40 million Americans, 7 million suffer from GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), 15 million suffer from social anxiety, and 22.5 million suffer from depressive/traumatic forms of anxiety. These forms of anxiety are all debilitating and affect sufferers on a regular basis compared to the occasional bouts of anxiety that everyone may experience from time to time.

Criteria For Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • Excessive Anxiety Or Worry Occurring More Days Than Not For 6 Months
  • Difficulty Controlling The Worry
  • Anxiety And Worry Are Associated With The Following Symptoms For More Than 6 Months:
  • Restlessness Or Feeling On Edge
  • Being Easily Fatigued
  • Difficulty Concentrating Or “Blanking”
  • Irritability
  • Muscle Tension
  • Sleep Disturbances (Restlessness, Unrefreshing Sleep)
  • Symptoms Are Not Attributed To Substance Abuse (Alcohol, Drugs)
  • Symptoms Are Not Attributed To Specific Medical Condition (Hypertension, Hyperthyroidism etc.)

Criteria For Social Anxiety

  • Persistent Fear Of Social Engagements Such As Embarrassment, Failure Or Humiliation
  • Exposure To Feared Engagements Cause Anxiety Or Panic Attacks
  • Person Realizes That This Fear Is Unreasonable Or Excessive
  • Feared Situations Are Avoided Or Endured With Intense Anxiety
  • The Anxiety Interferes With Functional Life And Relationships
  • The Fear And Anxiety Is Persistent For At Least 6 Months More So Than Not
  • The Fear Of Avoidance Is Not Attributed To Substance Abuse Or Other Medical Conditions

Criteria For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Anxiety

In order to fit the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the following is necessary. (1)

  • Trauma Exposure
  • Witnessing A Specific Traumatic Event
  • Learning A Friend Or Relative Was Exposed To A Specific Trauma
  • Indirect Exposure To Trauma (Often through work such as medics and first responders)

Symptoms Of PTSD (B) Anxiety

  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Emotional Distress After Exposure To Traumatic Reminders
  • Physical Reactivity After Exposure To Traumatic Reminders

Symptoms Of PTSD (C) Anxiety

  • Trauma-Related Thoughts Or Feelings
  • Trauma-Related Reminders

Symptoms Of PTSD (D) Anxiety

  • Inability To Recall Key Features Of The Trauma
  • Overly Negative Thoughts Of Oneself And The World
  • Exaggerated Blame Of Self And Others For The Traumatic Event
  • Decreased Interest In Activities
  • Feeling Isolated
  • Difficulty In Feeling Positive Or Positive Emotions
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