Anxiety TestMay 28, 2019
Experiencing anxiety is normal and healthy emotion. However, experiencing this on a regular basis may be something that needs to be considered by a professional. Anxiety is a mental health disorder that leads to excessive nervousness, fear, or worry. To identify the most appropriate intervention, an anxiety test may be helpful in determining the extent of the condition.
Apart from mental health professionals testing a patient’s inclination to anxiety, there are also parameters that are applied to determine whether there are any other mental health conditions that need to be addressed. There will be a series of tests that will be required of the client to answer and would inquire about the emotional and mental state for a certain period. Through this, the mental health practitioner would be able to determine the stability of the emotional and mental well-being of the client.
Some clients have reported the following symptoms prior to taking an anxiety test:
- Being “on the edge”
- Feelings of worry
- Mood swings
- Lack of concentration
- Changes in the sleeping pattern (such as difficulty falling asleep or staying awake)
Physical symptoms also manifest when anxiety is about to take place or is taking place. Some physical manifestations include headache, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, and lightheadedness. Sometimes, anxiety attacks can be mistaken into a heart attack due to difficulty in breathing.
Anxiety orders are different and can be any of the following, depending on the behaviors exhibited:
- Generalised anxiety
- Panic disorder
- Phobia (such as agoraphobia, selective mutism, social phobia, or separation anxiety disorder)
There are online resources available to determine whether your anxiety needs professional intervention. Some anxiety tests available are for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression, and stress amongst others. However, bear in mind that these are not conclusive and would only give you an idea of your mental state. It is still best to consult with a mental health professional and have yourself diagnosed. Sometimes, self-diagnosis could lead to more harm than cure.
Once the type of anxiety through a series of psychological tests, treatments would be recommended to manage the anxiety. The most common treatments are psychotherapy, behavioural therapy, and oral medication. The standard way of treating anxiety is counselling, which includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, or a combination of therapies.
To reduce the risk of anxiety disorders, it would also help to modify the diet and lifestyle. Reducing caffeine intake, maintaining a healthy diet, and having a regular sleep pattern are some ways that can help you manage your anxiety.
Anxiety is a natural response for stressful situations and is vital for survival, especially when faced with danger. It is only when it becomes exaggerated that it becomes harmful. If you feel like you are on the edge or worried about your life transitions, it is best to have yourself checked by consulting with a mental health professional for anxiety testing. You deserve to live a happy life and not suffer in silence.
At Ubuntu Medical we also offer Anxiety Therapy.