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Assessing your anxiety levels

Everyone gets worried or anxious from time to time. In fact, a good dose of worry is necessary to help us get things done. But excessive anxiety can literally stop people in their tracks, stymieing their growth and development, blocking fulfillment and even triggering physical ailments. This checklist can help you determine if anxiety has a lock on your life:

  • Worry or anxiety prevents me from concentrating on tasks and making decisions.
  • I always have the feeling—not based on reality—that something catastrophic is about to happen.
  • I’m afraid to try new things.
  • I avoid certain people, places and things for fear that something terrible will happen.
  • I worry about everything I must do to get through the day—driving to work, my performance at home or on the job and what others think of me.
  • I devote at least an hour a day to meaningless rituals, such as counting objects or repeated hand washing.
  • Anxiety prevents me from sleeping well, so I rely on pills to get me through the night.
  • I use alcohol to help me cope with my nerves.
  • I have many unexplained physical problems, such as nausea, heartburn or dizziness.
  • I’m irritable and jumpy most of the time.
  • Fear, anxiety and nervousness make me feel unable to cope.