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If you think you (or a family member) may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, answer the questions below.

If most of the answers are Yes, consider consulting with a health care professional for a more in-depth assessment.

Are you troubled by the following?

  • Repeated, unexpected panic attacks during which you suddenly are overcome by intense fear or discomfort for no apparent reason; or the fear of having another panic attack
  • Persistent, inappropriate thoughts, impulses, or images that you can’t get out of your mind (such as a preoccupation with germs, worry about the order of things, or aggressive or sexual impulses)
  • Powerful and ongoing fear of social situations involving unfamiliar people
  • Excessive worrying (for at least six months) about events or activities
  • Fear of places or situations where getting help or escape might be difficult, such as in a crowd or on a bridge
  • Shortness of breath or a racing heart for no apparent reason
  • Persistent and unreasonable fear of an object or situation, such as flying, heights, animals, blood, etc.
  • Inability to travel alone
  • Spending more than one hour a day doing repetitive actions (hand washing, checking, counting, etc.)
  • Experiencing or witnessing a traumatic life-threatening or deadly event or serious injury (such as military combat, violent crime, or serious accident)

More days than not, do you experience the following?

  • Feeling restless
  • Feeling easily tired distracted
  • Feeling irritable
  • Tense muscles or problems sleeping?
  • Your anxiety interfering with your daily life

Having more than one illness at the same time can make it difficult to diagnose and treat the different conditions. Depression and substance abuse are among the conditions that occasionally complicate anxiety disorders.

  • In the last year have you experienced changes in sleeping or eating habits?
  • More days than not, do you feel sad or depressed?
  • More days than not, do you feel uninterested in life?
  • More days than not, do you feel worthless or guilty?

During the last year, has the use of alcohol or drugs…

  • …resulted in your failure to fulfil responsibilities with work, school, or family?
  • …placed you in a dangerous situation, such as driving a car under the influence?
  • …resulted in your being arrested?
  • …continued despite causing problems for you or your loved ones?


For further information please contact:
Professor Christopher R. Stones (Clinical Psychologist and Behavioural Management Specialist)
Phone: 011-801-5616 (Reception)
Alternatively send a booking request.

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