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How do I know if I have anxiety?

If you are in crisis or need urgent mental health support, get help now from the NHS. If someone's life is at risk, for example they've seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose, go to A&E or call 999. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one.

If you’re aged 16 or over, this self assessment tool from the NHS can help you to think about and understand your feelings over the last fortnight and point you in the right direction for help and support.

If you’re under 16, visit the Young Minds website for support and information or speak to your GP about how you’ve been feeling.

It’s important to see your GP if you’re struggling with your mental health or concerned about any feelings you’ve been having. They can speak to you about your symptoms and recommend treatments to help you.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

There are lots of different symptoms of anxiety. Some might be symptoms you can feel physically, others you may feel mentally or you could notice some changes in your behaviour[1]. Find out more about symptoms of anxiety.


April 2021

Next review

April 2024

Reviewed by

Gill Stone MRPharmS


  1. 1.

    Get help with anxiety, fear or panic. Published February 2, 2021. Accessed March 23, 2021.