Anxiety is a normal response to a stressful event or situation. We all experience anxiety in different ways. For some, it is a motivator for change or gives an extra burst of energy. For others, it overwhelms or paralyzes them for a short period of time. When anxiety is frequent and has longer lasting effects, it creates limitations in a person's social, occupational, and other areas of functioning.
Please answer "Yes" or "No" if you have engaged in or experienced any of the following over the past six months on a fairly consistent basis.
- Felt nervous more days than not?
- Worried about a lot of things most days?
- Had difficulty stopping my worry?
- Had trouble falling asleep/staying asleep?
- Felt easily fatigued?
- Had trouble concentrating?
- Felt easily annoyed, irritated, or on edge?
- Had muscle tightness, pain, or tension?
- Experienced stomach problems or other ailments?
- Had to change plans due to worry or nervousness?
If you answered "Yes" to 5 or more of these, then you might be experiencing anxiety. If you are concerned about your level of anxiety, please seek medical and/or psychological support. If you are a VUMC faculty or staff member, you can start by calling Work/Life Connections – EAP at (615) 936-1327 for a free, confidential assessment.
Please consult the Vanderbilt Health and Wellness Resource Library for more information on Anxiety. You can also access other online screening instruments through the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Association.