According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), up to 40 million American adults suffer from one of the litany of anxiety disorders that can negatively impact our lives. While an anxiety test could help diagnose a serious problem, the ADAA also points out that over 60% of people don’t seek treatment despite the improving range of options on the table.
If you have an anxiety disorder, you are up to five times more likely to visit a physician and six times more likely to end up in the hospital because of a psychiatric disorder than individuals that don’t have an anxiety disorder. The list of possible anxiety disorders is long and includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
- Panic Disorder (PD)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Specific phobias such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Major Depressive Disorder.
If you tend to worry too much about things, there’s a chance you’re suffering from an undiagnosed anxiety disorder. The best way to find out if you have one is by taking an anxiety test. If the test confirms your initial suspicion, you need to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Taking an Anxiety Test
The quickest and easiest way to take an anxiety test is to go online and visit a reputable website such as Psychology Today or Calm Clinic. The majority of online anxiety tests take no more than 10-15 minutes. For example, the Psychology Today anxiety test consists of 42 questions although you have to pay $6.95 to see the full results.
The test will have a scale of 1-5 with 1 meaning ‘not at all’ and 5 meaning ‘all the time.’ For example, if you answer ‘5’ to the statement “I am able to relax,” it means you are never able to relax. Anxiety tests continue in this vein until the end and provide you with a reasonable overview of any potential problem you have.
The Psychology Today test, includes statements such as “I am easily alarmed, frightened or surprised and “I feel fearful for no reason. The Calm Clinic anxiety test is more or less the same although the first question is different. It asks: “What’s your #1 single biggest challenge right now?” and you have to choose the most important thing. Answers include Sleep, Waves of Depression and Scary Thoughts. On the next page, you have an array of statements akin to what you will find on the Psychology Today anxiety test.
What Do I Do If The Anxiety Test Says I Need Help?
GET HELP! One of the most popular options is therapy, and there are several different types:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is used to treat the different issues in your life. It offers a practical, hands-on approach to problem-solving and while there are a limited number of sessions, the goal is to provide you with long-term relief.
- Exposure Therapy: This form of therapy involves gradually exposing you to the thing(s) you fear the most. It is most effective for phobias and OCD.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT uses strategies of mindfulness & acceptance along with behavioral and commitment change to get to the root of your problems.
Other forms of therapy include Interpersonal Therapy (IT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). You can expect the therapist to ask you to complete an anxiety test similar to the one you performed online.
There is a litany of medications prescribed for anxiety disorders including SNRIs, SSRIs, and Benzodiazepines. The trouble with anti-anxiety medication is that the side effects are often severe and can include headaches, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and an increase in blood pressure. Medication such as Ketamine is highly addictive, and ultimately, you’ll need to take higher doses to get the same effect as before because the body gets used to this form of treatment.
Are There Any Safer Alternatives?
Fortunately, marijuana has been shown to not only help people deal with a slew of anxiety disorders; it is all-natural which means side effects are minimal. Therefore, if an anxiety test shows that you’re in need of treatment, look for a marijuana strain to suit your needs. The problem with marijuana as a medical solution is the lack of availability. It is not legal for medicinal use in 21 states.
It is also true that marijuana strains that are high in THC can increase the level of anxiety you feel and promote paranoia. However, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound capable of easing any feelings of anxiety you may have. As a result, you can smoke, vape or consume CBD edibles before going to work with no danger of getting ‘high.’ Best of all, CBD is legal in the vast majority of states although there may be legal issues if you live in Indiana.
The number of studies supporting CBD as a solution to anxiety is growing. One recent study (2015) looked at CBD as a potential treatment for various forms of anxiety including PTSD, SAD, OCD, and GAD. The conclusion was that CBD was clearly an effective means of treating the disorders above with a lack of anxiogenic effects (a substance that causes anxiety). While the authors of the study acknowledged that further research was necessary, they believe that CBD has excellent potential with minimal sedative effects and an outstanding safety profile.
Final Thoughts on Anxiety Tests
While anxiety tests are not an exact science, they can provide you with crucial information which helps explain why you feel the way you do. If an online anxiety test suggests you have an anxiety disorder, you should visit your physician immediately and formulate a treatment plan.
Successful treatment plans tend to involve a mix of therapy and medication, and we believe that marijuana, especially CBD-rich industrial hemp, is a safer and more effective way to improve the way you feel than prescription medication which has bad side effects and possible addiction as potential problems.