Penn State Worry Questionnaire
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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 selecting 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 worries





9. sought reassurance from others due to worries





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