Affect is the 'feeling state' and includes anxiety; so it is wise to probe potentially sensitive areas.

• 'How do you feel about what is going on in your life?'

• 'How do you feel about your (husband or wife or daughter or ...)?'

• 'What is your mood like? Do you feel sad or happy?'


Enquire about how the patient's problems are troubling the patient.

• 'What about the situation troubles you most?'

• 'What troubles or worries you most in your life?'

• 'How stressed and upset are you about this problem?'

• 'How do you think this problem affects you?'


• 'How are you handling this problem?'

• 'Do you think that you have mishandled anything?'

• 'Do you get support at home to help handle the problem?'


Indicate an understanding of the patient's distress and legitimise his or her feelings.

Getting to Know Anxiety

Getting to Know Anxiety

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