The Worrywart Quiz
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The Worrywart Quiz

Has your worrying crossed into unhealthy territory? Take our quiz to discover how much you know about worry and anxiety.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many Americans experience anxiety?

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The correct answer is: Anxiety is very common. It affects 40 million Americans, or 18 percent of the population.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress and anxiety are not related to one another.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Stress and anxiety are different but connected. Stress is usually the result of something that makes you feel frustrated or out of control. Anxiety causes you to feel uneasy and fearful, usually from multiple stressors or a long-term stressor. Untreated or prolonged stress can become an anxiety disorder.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these can make some people prone to anxiety?

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The correct answer is: Researchers are not entirely sure what causes anxiety or anxiety disorders, nor do they know why it affects some people but not others. It's thought that many of these disorders are caused by a combination of factors, including biology and environmental stressors. Anxiety disorders, like other forms of mental illnesses, are not the result of personal weakness, a character flaw or poor upbringing.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Anxiety is hereditary.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research indicates that anxiety disorders run in families. That means they can be inherited from one or both parents.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Anxiety can be healthy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some short-term stress and anxiety can actually help you be productive, and it can even lead to positive growth. For example, many people find their jobs to be very stressful, but if they also find their work to be very rewarding, the anxiety of performing may actually propel them forward.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these can be physical causes of anxiety?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are physical factors that can lead to anxiety. Talk to your doctor if you think you might have them.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of anxiety?

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The correct answer is: Anxiety can cause jittery nerves, insomnia, nausea, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate and panic. The short-term and long-term effects of anxiety on your body can be significant.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

If left untreated, anxiety may lead to which of the following conditions?

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The correct answer is: Anxiety increases both physical and mental stress. People who remain anxious for long periods of time may become physically exhausted due to their inability to sleep or relax. Constant worry also interferes with concentration and can cause headaches, trembling or other kinds of muscle stress. It may also lead to serious depression.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Anxiety increases your chances of having a heart attack.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research suggests anxiety disorders may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and death in people with heart disease. That's because anxiety may be linked with surges in "fight or flight" hormones that may be related to heart risks.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which gender is more than twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder?

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The correct answer is: Anxiety disorders occur in both men and women, but women are twice as likely to develop an anxiety disorder than men.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these situations is a common cause of anxiety?

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The correct answer is: Stressors can be grouped into three categories: On-going stress, such as a job or your children; nagging unfinished tasks, such as a cluttered closet or pesky paperwork; and major life events, such as a divorce, death or serious illness. All three kinds of stress wear on the body and mind differently, but they all three cause stress and anxiety.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How are anxiety disorders diagnosed?

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The correct answer is: There are no laboratory tests that can diagnose anxiety disorders. Instead, your doctor may try to eliminate the possibility of other causes for your physical symptoms with diagnostic tests. If he or she suspects anxiety disorder, your doctor may recommend you to a psychiatrist or psychologist for further evaluation.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these signs may indicate your anxiety is serious?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Worry becomes excessive when it interferes with everyday activities such as jobs, friendships and family. If you or someone you know has worried excessively about everyday problems for six months or more, the problem may be a treatable condition called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

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True or false: Generalized anxiety disorders can be caused by a traumatic event.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Traumatic events, such as being the victim of a crime or being in an accident, can lead to generalized anxiety disorders.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions is also an anxiety disorder?

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The correct answer is: There are several recognized anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. All of these are treatable.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these is NOT a healthy way to deal with worry?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Exercise, rest and meditation can all help ease anxiety. However, using a reassurance strategy -- by telling yourself that everything is fine -- often backfires. Doubt usually penetrates the reassurances, and you start to worry again. In fact, the more you apply the reassurance strategy, the less effective it becomes.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these activities might be difficult for someone with social anxiety disorder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. People with social anxiety disorder suffer from distorted thinking, including false beliefs about social situations and the negative opinions of others. Without treatment, social anxiety disorder can interfere with a person's school, work, social activities and relationships.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these forms of alternative medicine may be able to treat anxiety?

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The correct answer is: A variety of alternative treatments can be used for anxiety. These include: Yoga, acupuncture and massage therapy. How effective these treatments might be depends on the type and severity of your anxiety disorder.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What is a "happy song" ?

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The correct answer is: Songs that have a fast tempo and are written in a major key are known as "happy songs." These songs can help the brain release the pleasure-inducing chemical dopamine. Singing in general releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Because the deep breathing needed to sing draws more oxygen into the blood and causes better circulation, it's also an aerobic activity and a natural stress-reducer.

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True or false: If you think a spouse or a friend is suffering from an anxiety disorder, you shouldn't address it with him as it may cause additional anxiety.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If someone in your family is experiencing anxiety, help them find professional help. In the end, you're helping both their mental and physical health.

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