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Beck Anxiety Inventory

Below is a list of common symptoms of anxiety. Please carefully read each item in the list. Indicate how much you have been bothered by that symptom during the past month, including today, by selecting the appropriate number in the dropdown list.

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A sum between 0 - 21 indicates very low anxiety. That is usually a good thing. However, it is possible that you might be unrealistic in either your assessment, which would be denial, or that you have learned to "mask" the symptoms commonly associated with anxiety. Too little anxiety could indicate that you are detached from yourself, others, or your environment.

A sum between 22 - 35 indicates moderate anxiety. Your body is trying to tell you something. Look for patterns as to when and why you you experience the symptoms described above. For example, if it occurs prior to public speaking and your job requires a lot of presentations you may want to find ways to calm yourself before speaking or let others do some of the presentations. You may have some conflict issues that need to be resolved. Clearly, it is not "panic" time but you want to find ways to manage the stress you feel.

A sum that exceeds 36 is a potential cause for concern. Again, look tor patterns of times when you tend to feel the symptoms you selected. Persistent and high anxiety is not a sign of personal weakness or failure. It is, however, something that needs to be proactively treated or there could be significant impacts to you mentally and physically. You may want to consult a counselor if the feelings persist. 

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