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Beck Anxiety Inventory and It's Scoring

Updated on August 2, 2020

The BAI or commonly known as Beck Anxiety Inventory is a test consisting of twenty-one questions which tackle the symptoms of anxiety. Some of these physical symptoms appear in the examination: cold sweats, shaky, heart pounding, flushing and a lot more. The mental symptoms like a feeling of fear, anger, nervous and worry are also included. The anxious person may answer using 0, 1, 2 or 3.

0 - not at all

1 - Mild

2 - Moderate

3 - Severe

Scoring and Explanation

0-21: Meaning the anxiety is too low. This is generally a good news but somehow the test may not be accurate if you are not really aware of the symptoms. You may also hide some difficult sufferings with the anxiety indications. Low level of anxiety recommends that you may be separated from yourself, other people, and surroundings.

22-35: The anxiety is moderate. There are some patterns in why and how you are experiencing the symptoms of anxiety. You possibly have big responsibilities in work which causes you to become stressed like speaking in front of many people or negotiation with all the clients. You need to know how to calm down in such a situation so you can minimize the symptoms and improve your health condition.

36-up: It means the anxiety is severe. You need to go back and check for the symptoms with a high reaction. If your anxiety consistently increases as time passes by, it is a sign that your personal clarity, mental and emotional conditions are not favorable. You may undergo counseling to know the causes of the stress in your life.

This test is easy to use because it is a straightforward self assessment. BAI is the most preferable test to discover your level of anxiety. For sure a lot of people would love to ask if the Beck Anxiety Inventory is precise or not. BAI is a proven test in recognizing an anxious person to those which is not. It is the perfect tool to use in diagnosing individuals with panic and anxiety attacks.

Some therapies and counseling may also help in decreasing anxiety but this is done in appropriation with the type of disorder. Taking antidepressants is also advisable to treat anxiety disorders. These medications may also help relieve anxiety symptoms for a short period of time. The anxious person must also help himself by accepting uncertainty, having adequate sleep, eating healthy foods, doing regular exercises and reducing the drinking of alcoholic beverages. In this way, he or she can probably survive the illness.


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