Anxiety is what people experience as a reaction to stress. Feeling anxious is completely normal, and everyone experiences it at some point or another throughout their lives. Circumstances in which people experience anxiety might include talking in front of a large crowd or driving at night in a heavy thunderstorm. While there are many different stressors in daily life that can trigger an individual to have anxiety, some people may experience more intense levels of anxiety and also more frequently. If the anxiety you are feeling is not going away and becoming more permanent, this could be a sign of an anxiety disorder. It is important to not jump to conclusions and self-diagnose yourself. Instead, anxiety is something you should contact a professional to talk about and getting tested for.

How Do I Get Tested For Anxiety?

Types of Anxiety and Symptoms

There are different types of anxiety disorders, and each type has a range of symptoms that can indicate the level of anxiety you may be experiencing.

Generalized Anxiety Disorders (GADs)

  • Generalized anxiety disorders are the most commonly experienced. Symptoms of GADs include:
  • Restlessness
  • Almost always feeling fatigued
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Constant and difficult feelings of worry
  • Headaches
  • Sleeplessness

Individuals who have a generalized anxiety disorder can experience it for months and even years. When untreated anxiety will interfere with everyday life.

Panic Disorder

The next type of anxiety that people experience is panic disorder. Panic disorder is when someone experiences unexpected and frequent panic attacks. However, that does not mean everyone who experiences panic attacks will develop a panic disorder.

During a panic attack, an individual will experience the following:

  • Increase in heart rate
  • Sweating
  • The body will begin to tremble
  • Feelings of no control will take over the mind

Panic disorder causes people to avoid certain spaces, people, and situations because they are scared of experiencing another panic attack. Panic attacks can be experienced multiple times throughout the day or once and a while throughout the year.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder is when individuals have the intense fear that they are being watched and/or judged. This intense fear causes a person to feel so out of control that it can prevent them from going to places like school and work, or other places there are a large number of people. Those who suffer from social anxiety disorder will have symptoms such as stomach aches and will find it difficult to talk or even look at others. These individuals are also highly self-conscious because of the judgment they are worried about.

Avoid Online Surveys

When you search for ways to get tested for a mental health condition such as anxiety, you will be bombarded with different online surveys. Each online anxiety screening tool will claim to tell you if you have anxiety and what type of anxiety you have. This can be dangerous as online anxiety tests are designed to give answers to a larger number of people. However, there may be more unique issues to your anxiety that a survey cannot identify.

Oftentimes, online tests are also not created with the assistance of a licensed mental health professional. Therefore, they could easily be a scam just to take your money and provide you with false results. The test results can even be a cause of stress if the surveys incorrectly diagnose you with an anxiety disorder. That is why it is best to contact your primary care doctor to get a referral for a mental health professional near you that can give you an accurate diagnosis.

Seek Professional Help

If you have had feelings of anxiety for a while, seek help from your family doctor, or find a mental health counselor in your area who can assist you. The number one way to deal with anxiety is to ask for help.

Many individuals experience anxiety, including children as well as adults of all ages (estimated at just over 40 million people in America), and it is something that can be treated with the right help. The professionals that assist people with anxiety are psychologists and in some cases, psychiatrists as well.

Psychologists will be there to listen and talk to you to try and figure out ways in which you can cope with the anxiety disorder you may be experiencing. They can also give you a treatment plan and tools to deal with anxiety on your own. Meanwhile, a psychiatrist will be able to assess and identify if medication is required to help cope with the anxiety.

Additional Reading: The Difference Between a Disorder and a Feeling (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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