Developed by Adrian Wells
Instructions: A number of statements which people have used to describe their thoughts and worries are given below. Read each statement and put a circle around the most appropriate number to indicate how often you have these thoughts and worries.
Do not spend too much time on each statement. There are no right or wrong answers and the first response to each item is often the most accurate.
1=Almost never‚ 2=Sometimes‚ 3= Often‚ 4= Almost always
- I worry about my appearance
- I think I am a failure
- When looking to my future I give more thought to the negative things than the positive things that might happen to me
- If I experience unexpected physical symptoms I have a tendency to think the worst possible thing is wrong with me
- I have thoughts about becoming seriously ill
- I have difficulty clearing my mind of repetitive thoughts
- I worry about having a heart attack or cancer
- I worry about saying or doing the wrong thing when among strangers
- I worry about my abilities not living up to other people’s expectations
- I worry about my physical health
- I worry that I cannot control my thoughts as well as I would like to
- I worry that people don’t like me
- I take disappointments so keenly that I can’t put them out of my mind
- I get embarrassed easily
- When I suffer from minor illnesses such as a rash I think it is more serious than it really is
- Unpleasant thoughts enter my head against my will
- I worry about my failures and my weaknesses
- I worry about not being able to cope in life as adequately as others seem to
- I worry about death
- I worry about making a fool of myself
- I think I am missing out on things in life because I worry too much
- I have repetitive thoughts such as counting or repeating phrases
Please check that you have responded to all of the items. Thank you.
Wells‚ A. (1997). Cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders: A practice manual and conceptual guide. Chichester: Wiley.