Management Tools

Anxiety Rating Scale

This questionnaire helps you to recognise if you have an anxiety problem. Read the question and tick the responses that most accurately describe the way that you have been feeling in the past week.

You may do this on your child’s behalf if you are sure of how he/she has been feeling.

I feel tense:

  1. Not at all
  2. Occasionally
  3. Lots of time
  4. Most of the time

I am at ease and feel relaxed:

  1. Definitely
  2. Usually
  3. Infrequently
  4. Not at all

I feel frightened as if something bad is going to happen:

  1. Not at all
  2. A little bit
  3. Yes but not too badly
  4. Very definitely and badly

My mind is full of worrying thoughts:

  1. Occasionally
  2. From time to time
  3. A lot of the time
  4. A great deal of the time

I have butterfly sensations in my stomach:

  1. Not at all
  2. Occasionally
  3. Quite often
  4. Very often

I feel restless and have to be on the move:

  1. Not at all
  2. Not very much
  3. Quite a lot
  4. Very much

I experience panic feeling:

  1. Not at all
  2. Not very often
  3. Quite often
  4. Very often

Now, this is how you score the responses. All the (a) responses carry 0 points; (b) responses rate 1 point; (c) responses score 2 points and (d) responses carry 3 points.

  1. A total score of less than 7 means that you are within the normal range.
  2. A score of 8 to 10 means that you are feeling borderline anxiety.
  3. A score of 11 or more means that you are suffering anxiety.

Like all questionnaires of this type, there is a certain limitation. These questions are not exhaustive. Consequently, you or your child may still be suffering from anxiety even if the score is normal. If in doubt, consult your doctor.

If you or your child has a score indicating an anxiety problem, you or your child needs help. The list below describes the possible anxiety disorders that you or your child may suffer from:

  1. Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by an excessive worry about life events or activities such as work or school. The person concerned suffers at least 3 of the anxiety symptoms of restlessness, fatigue, concentration difficulty, irritability, muscular tension or sleep disturbance. (Children may only suffer from 1 symptom)
  2. Specific phobia is characterized by an excessive and persistent fear of a specific object or situation. Exposure to the feared object or situation provokes an immediate anxiety response. (In children, this may take the form of crying, clinginess, temper tantrum or frozenness)
  3. Panic disorder is characterized by recurrent and unprovoked panic attacks of palpitation, sweatiness, shaking, chest tightness, choking sensation, dizziness, nausea, pins and needles sensation, hot flushes and feeling of gloom and doom. The person may also develop agoraphobia.
  4. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by recurrent and intrusive thoughts and images that are distressing to the person, and the person develops ritualistic behavior such as cleaning, counting, checking to combat the anxiety.
  5. Separation anxiety disorder is characterized by an excessive anxiety about separation from home or the person that the child feels very attached to. The child may worry excessively about losing his/her loved ones and possible harm happening to the loved ones or the home.
  6. Posttraumatic disorder is characterized by a prior exposure to a traumatic event of such distressing degree that the person suffers persistent anxiety symptoms, nightmare and flashback. (Children may display disorganized behavior, experience frightening dreams without remembering the content and act out the trauma during play)
  7. Social phobia is characterized by an excessive fear of social or performance situations where the person feels that he/she is being scrutinized. (Children may display crying, withdrawal, tantrum and frozen behaviour)

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