· Introductory Questions:
o Are there currently things in your life that are causing distress/worry?
o Are there things that have happened in the past that you can‟t stop thinking about?
o How is your general health?
o Any one else in your family had similar problems?
o Most anxiety is part of a mixed anxiety/depression ® importance of full psychiatric assessment
· General Anxiety
o Would you describe yourself as a worrier? Do you worry about things that others don‟t worry about?
o Do you sometimes make mountains out of molehills?
o Do you every find it hard to make decisions?
o Have you ever felt your heart pounding, felt frightened/afraid – what do you think was the cause?
o Ever felt like a disaster was about to happen to you?
o Do they occur when other people wouldn‟t feel afraid?
o Do you avoid going out?
o Is there anything you would avoid if you could? What happens if you are unexpectedly faced with that object/situation?
o Do you have worries/fears that prevent you from doing things you would like – or that others can do without difficulty?
o Are you only worried if others will see you?
o Are you worried/anxious in other settings?
· Obsessions and Compulsions:
o Obsessive thoughts: Any thoughts that keep coming repeatedly into mind, even when you‟re trying to get rid of them?
o Compulsive rituals:
§ Do you ever have to repeat actions over and over which most people would only do once?
§ Do you ever find yourself having to do things over and over again to get them just right?
§ Do you find yourself spending a lot of time doing things like cleaning or checking that everything is safe?
§ What happens if you are interrupted when doing these things?
o Do you still have recurrent memories of an upsetting event?
o Do you have nightmares, have trouble sleeping, or feel jumpy?
o Are there things that remind you of the event? Do you avoid these?
· How has the trauma changed the way you feel about the future, about what you enjoy?