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Take a self-test to see if you have anxiety symptoms that would benefit from treatment.

Summary of scores

  • 0-5 points: Indicates no anxiety.
  • 5-10 points: Indicates mild anxiety.
  • 10-15 points: Indicates moderate anxiety.
  • 16-21 points: Indicates severe anxiety.

If you have symptoms of anxiety, consider seeking professional help. We here at Lavendla can help you. Together we will find a way forward.

If you are currently in crisis or are experiencing thoughts of suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.


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9 common questions and answers about anxiety

What is anxiety and how is it defined?

Anxiety is a natural emotional reaction to stressful situations. It is the body’s way of warning you of a potential danger. It becomes problematic when it becomes constant or begins to impact your quality of life.

What are the most common physical symptoms of anxiety?

Heart palpitations, rapid breathing, sweating and difficulty concentrating are common symptoms.

How does anxiety differ from stress or worry?

Stress is a reaction to external pressures, while anxiety is usually an internal feeling. Worry is usually a temporary state, whereas anxiety is persistent.

What are the different types of anxiety disorders?

There are many different types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic disorder and specific phobias. Each type requires a unique treatment approach. An experienced therapist can help you identify and manage your specific type of anxiety.

How can I support someone close to me who suffers from anxiety?

Listen, be present and encourage professional help.

What treatment methods are available for anxiety?

Therapy, medication and lifestyle changes are common methods to effectively treat anxiety.

How can I manage my anxiety without medication?

Mindfulness, physical activity and talk therapy are all good ways to learn how to manage your anxiety.

What are the long-term effects of untreated anxiety?

Untreated anxiety can lead to depression and other mental health concerns, as well as an overall decrease in quality of life.

How much does therapy at Lavendla cost?

At Lavendla, our therapists and coaches set the price themselves. You decide how many sessions you will require in consultation with your therapist. The first time you meet, the focus is usually on getting to know each other, defining your challenges, and then making a plan for how you will work together to achieve your goals.

Anxiety treatment steps to improve quality of life

We are all different. Consequently, we all deal with anxiety differently. Therefore, it is important to understand how anxiety affects you personally and work with your therapist to address it as best as possible. However, you can get an idea of what treating anxiety through talk therapy might look like generally. Here are the most common steps in anxiety treatment:

  1. Exploring your concerns: In the initial stage of treatment, your therapist will help you understand your specific anxieties. Therefore, together you will review the situations that cause you anxiety and identify the symptoms you are experiencing.
  2. Setting your own goals: Once you have identified the problem, you and your therapist will work together to set clear and realistic goals for your therapy journey. These can range from improving your general well-being to dealing effectively with specific triggers.
  3. Changing your behaviour: This step relies on you actively working on your behaviour. You will therefore perform various exercises and use techniques designed to break the behavioural patterns that exacerbate your anxiety.
  4. Closure: Once you have found your new behavioural patterns, you and your therapist will evaluate how close you have come to your goal. Even if you have finished therapy, your work with exercises and maintaining good habits often continues after treatment.
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Written by Ellen Lindgren

Licensed psychologist

Ellen is a licensed psychologist and has experience mainly in clinical psychology where she has worked with various conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, crises and trauma in primary care and psychiatry. She has also worked with research while studying in the US and with affective disorders and insomnia at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.