Testing News

Avoiding scary situations could be a sign of anxiety
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013 10:47 AM

Avoiding scary situations could be a sign of anxiety If adults go through their days feeling overly anxious, they may want to take a personality test to gain more insight into their behavior. Sometimes, small behavioral signs can also help identify people who are likely to develop anxiety. This is the case with individuals between the ages of 7 and 18, according to new research from the Mayo Clinic.

After conducting a study of more than 800 individuals, researchers found that kids' avoidance of situations they find scary may predict whether or not they will have anxiety. Participants who were open about avoiding certain situations at the beginning of the study tended to be more anxious just one year later.

"Even after controlling for their baseline anxiety, those who avoided had more anxiety than kids who didn't avoid," said Stephen Whiteside, a pediatric psychologist with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, as well as the study's lead author. "That was consistent with the model of how anxiety disorders develop. Kids who avoid fearful situations don't have the opportunity to face their fears and don't learn that their fears are manageable."

While anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the U.S., the good news is they are highly treatable, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Related Personality Test Information Articles

Tests You Might Enjoy

Kids IQ Test
Kids IQ Test

Under 17? Take our IQ Test for Kids to determine your natural intellectual strengths. The PhD-Certified Kids IQ Test measures verbal intelligence in several facets to determine your IQ score.

Kids IQ Test
Free IQ Test
Free IQ Test

What is your IQ? The test provides a premium psychometric analysis to measure your cognitive performance. Find out your score today with our PhD-Certified IQ Test!

Free IQ Test
Free Personality Test
What Is Your Personality?

This free Personality Test gives you guidance to better understand yourself. Which personality traits make you a better student or add value to your work? Spend about 15 minutes to find out.

Free Personality Test

Career & Sales Tests

Career Test
What's Your Perfect Career?

Discover your perfect career! This assessment calculates which personality traits are strong and weak for you. Based on that assessment, it will match up your personality to over 300 career options to find out which potential career paths someone of your personality would be best suited for.

Career Personality Test
Ultimate Sales Challenge
How Are Your Sales Skills?

The Sales Strategies Assessment is a complimentary, internet based sales skill assessment developed as a service to our clients and the selling profession to assist in identifying potential salesman problems and to provide coaching advice on proven selling techniques and selling strategies for a salesman.

Sales Strategies Assessment
Business Management Aptitude Test
Are You Manager Material?

The Business Management Aptitude Test is a skill assessment developed to assist in identifying key points relating to work behavior and motivation, and indicate possibilities for self-development. The information provided by this business personality test can also be helpful in deciding your future career direction.

Business Management Test