Information Revealed in a Clinical Anxiety Test
To diagnose for an anxiety disorder a clinician needs a broad spectrum of information, including your present state, family history, etc. Many tests have been developed to assess the following information:
Your symptoms will be measured to see if they meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder.
Are you exhibiting avoidance behavior and, if so, the degree of severity.
What is the level of your disability in functioning in everyday life?
Is there a history of anxiety and panic from childhood or in your family?
Have you experienced significant stressors or traumatic life events?
Your responses will help the clinician distinguish the kind of anxiety you experience to plan an effective treatment program.
An evaluation of your coping skills will be done.
An assessment of the amount of stress you are under will be done to determine if you are at high risk for an anxiety disorder.
The test will look for other conditions and disorders, for example, depression and substance abuse.
Some health care providers may also administer personality test like the MMPI. Sometimes a test or measurement is given at the beginning of treatment, repeated during treatment to see what progress is being made, and given a third time when treatment is ending. The differences are valuable for the clinician and for the client to see how far he or she has come.