Anxiety Scale

Sometimes it is hard to know if what you are feeling is worry, anxiety or an anxiety disorder. How do you know if you should do something about your anxieties, and most importantly what can you do if you are worried or anxious and it is starting to interfere with your daily life.

Below is an anxiety scale with some basic definitions of what it is like to be worried, have anxiety or have an anxiety disorder. Look at each of the definitions and then if you would like to explore further you can:

  • Understand more about worry, anxiety and anxiety disorders
  • Assess your level of anxiety by answering some questions
  • Choose a life stage to understand more about the causes of worry and anxiety
  • Use some of the self-help tools  


How anxious do you feel?


Worry is when you feel uneasy, troubled or concerned about specific things or situations.

The feelings are unpleasant but you can still get on with daily life, and they usually only last a short time.

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Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling of nervousness, apprehension and fear that something bad is happening, or about to happen.

Anxious feelings may cause physical symptoms like sweating and feeling shaky, and emotional symptoms like feeling that you need to run away. Anxious feelings tend to last longer than worry.

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Anxiety disorders

An anxiety disorder is when you have constant, excessive worry and are frightened about future uncertainties real or imagined.

This level of anxiety interferes with daily life and causes significant physical and emotional distress.

You may be very anxious and fearful of lots of things, or have one specific fear, or be experiencing significant anxiety after a trauma.

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Not sure? Use our quick self assessment tool to check.

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