There are several tests and assessments that can be used to diagnose panic disorder, a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. The most common type of test is a self-report questionnaire, where the person being tested answers questions about their symptoms and how they have been feeling. Some examples of self-report panic disorder tests include:
The Panic Disorder Severity Scale (PDSS) is a commonly used self-report test that measures the severity of panic disorder symptoms. Click here to take the panic attack test.
The Panic and Agoraphobia Scale (PAS) is another self-report test that assesses the severity of panic disorder and agoraphobia (a fear of being in situations where escape may be difficult or embarrassing).
The Fear of Panic Scale (FPS) is a self-report test that assesses the fear of experiencing panic attacks and the avoidance of situations that may trigger panic attacks.
In addition to self-report tests, a mental health professional may also use clinical interviews and observation to diagnose panic disorder. During a clinical interview, the mental health professional will ask questions about the person's symptoms, medical history, and family history, among other things. Observations of the person's behaviour and demeanour may also be used to diagnose panic disorder.
It's important to note that self-report tests are not a replacement for a formal evaluation by a mental health professional. If you think you may be experiencing panic attacks, it's best to speak with a mental health professional who can accurately diagnose and treat your condition.
Click here to take the PDSS test.