Do you feel:
weak all over?
tightness around your chest?
hyperventilation (a feeling that you can't get enough air)?
periodic dizziness and sweating?
muscle tension, aches, or tremors?
Do you have these thoughts:
I can't carry on. I've got to get out of here.
What if I make a fool of myself?
People are looking at me all the time.
I'm having a heart attack.
I'm going to faint.
I'm going crazy.
I can't go on alone; no one will help.
I can't go out; I'll lose control.
I feel confused and can't remember things.
Do you think:
I'm full of fears I can't get out of my mind.
I feel as if something terrible is going to happen.
I worry excessively.
I feel uneasy and alone a lot of the time.
I often feel isolated, lonely, and depressed.
I feel I have no control over what happens to me.
I feel embarrassed, rejected, and criticized.
I often feel like screaming with anger.
This checklist isn't designed to be a diagnostic tool; rather, it's intended to communicate the variety of symptoms people with anxiety disorder experience.
However, if you're experiencing at least three symptoms in each category, your anxiety level is starting to be a problem, espe-cially if you experience the symptoms often.
If you're experiencing more than three symptoms in each category and aren't in treatment for an anxiety-related problem, consult a professional immediately. It's better to be safe than regret your failure to take action at a later point.
From The Anxiety Cure, by Dr. Archibald D. Hart. © 1999 Used by permission of Word Publishing.
Copyright © 2001 by the author or Christianity Today/Today's Christian Woman magazine.
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