The Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale was developed by William W. K. Zung, a psychiatrist from Duke University. The scale has 20 questions that you answer to measure your anxiety levels. It can help you follow how your prayer for anxiety relief is progressing. The scoring is based on 4 groups of symptoms (see link to test below):
- Cognitive (thinking, understanding, learning, remembering)
- Autonomic (the involuntary part of the nervous system)
- Motor (body movement)
- Central nervous system (brain and spinal cord)
The score you receive on the Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale can help quantify your level of anxiety. The score ranges are:
- 20-44 Normal
- 45-59 Mild to Moderate Anxiety Levels
- 60-74 Marked to Severe Anxiety Levels
- 75-80 Extreme Anxiety Levels
How is the Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale used?
Mental health care practitioners use the scale to aid in the diagnosis of anxiety disorders. It can also be used to follow the progress of someone receiving treatment. If you take the test and find you score above 45, you should talk to a health care provider about your symptoms.
This scale can also be used to see how effective your prayer has been. Take the test, write down your score, and see if it gets better after a week or so of praying for improvement. You can repeat this every month or so.
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