Penn State Worry Questionnaire
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This questionnaire is not designed to provide a definitive psychological diagnosis or to take the place of a professional consultation. Please answer all questions as accurately and honestly as possible.


The following questions ask about thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, often tied to concerns about family, health,
finances, school, and work. Please respond to each item by marking one box per row.

During the PAST 7 DAYS, I have…

1. felt moments of sudden terror, fear, or fright

2. felt anxious, worried, or nervous

3. had thoughts of bad things happening, such as family tragedy, ill health, loss of a job, or accidents

4. felt a racing heart, sweaty, trouble breathing, faint, or shaky

5. felt tense muscles, felt on edge or restless, or had trouble relaxing or trouble sleeping

6. avoided, or did not approach or enter, situations about which I worry

7. left situations early or participated only minimally due to worries

8. spent lots of time making decisions, putting off making decisions, or preparing for situations, due to worrie

9. sought reassurance from others due to worries

10. needed help to cope with anxiety (e.g., alcohol or medication, superstitious objects, other people)