Are you confused about where to begin when it comes to anxiety? Do you want to figure it out before your colleagues realize you’re anxious? Or before you make your kids anxious? The best way to start freeing yourself is to figure out what type of anxiety you have. 

This “what type of anxiety do I have quiz” will help you determine that.

Why does anxiety type matter? 

There are different strategies for approaching anxiety. What works for one type of anxiety, doesn’t necessarily work for another. 

I created this quiz based on my understanding of 5 different types of anxiety: generalized anxiety, performance anxiety, social anxiety, fears/phobias, and panic. After the quiz, I will link to an article showing you strategies to overcome your specific type of anxiety.

Note: This “what type of anxiety do I have quiz”  is  not a replacement for professional assessment, diagnosis, or treatment of anxiety or anxiety-related disorders. Nor does it constitute professional advice of any kind. It is for information/educational purposes only.

  1. I am concerned about acting in the right way 
  2. My anxiety is instantly triggered in response to a specific object or situation
  3. I focus more on anxiety than on the task at hand 
  4. I am ashamed of my anxiety episodes
  5. Anxiety gets worse as I approach specific situations, animals, or objects.
  6. I get anxious for no reason  
  7. I put a lot of pressure on myself    
  8. My fear of specific objects or situations keeps me from functioning
  9. I feel a tightness in my chest or other bodily tension 
  10. I try to escape what I’m feeling in the middle of an anxiety episode
  11. I feel wound-up or on edge
  12. I worry about being anxious  
  13. My feelings of discomfort disappear when important events are over 
  14. My anxiety spikes and I experience a total loss of functioning
  15. I do everything I can to avoid certain objects, animals, or situations
  16. When I have severe anxiety, I think I’m dying or going crazy 
  17. I worry about embarrassing myself  
  18. I worry about my next severe bout of anxiety
  19. Fear of specific objects or situations keeps me from functioning
  20. I am acutely aware of being judged
  21. I feel guilty for not doing what I should be doing   
  22. I tend to avoid social interaction 
  23. I think about negative things that might happen in the future   
  24. I recognize that my fear of specific situations or objects is unreasonable
  25. I do things before important events to try and reduce anxiety   
  26. My fear is very specific: enclosed spaces, situations, objects, or animals 
  27. I worry about how I appear to others        
  28. In certain situations, I worry about the consequences of not being at my best
  29. I lose total control over my breathing
  30. I try to avoid situations where it’s important to do my best 
  31. I go through severe bouts of anxiety without any logical triggers
  32. I take a drink to feel more comfortable around people

Scoring: Count the number of YES answers in each category. The highest number indicates the most likely type of anxiety you’re experiencing. 

Social anxiety

Questions: 1, 7, 17, 22, 25, 27, 32     # of YES answers ______

Generalized anxiety

Questions: 6, 9, 11, 12, 21, 23, 27        # of YES answers ______

Performance anxiety 

Questions: 3, 7, 13, 20, 25, 28, 30       # of YES answers ______

Fear/phobia

Questions: 2, 5, 8, 15, 19, 24, 26       # of YES answers ______

Panic:

Questions:  4, 10, 14, 16, 18, 29, 31     # of YES answers ______

Which type of anxiety had the most yesses for you? Now that you’ve completed this “what type of anxiety do I have quiz,” read this article to find out more about your specific anxiety type and what to do about it. Also, get my book so you can get an-depth, step-by-step approach to overcoming your type of anxiety.