The scale is useful in primary care and mental health settings as a screening tool and symptom severity measure for the four common anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia and posttraumatic stress disorder). It does not replace a clinical assessment and diagnosis.
This test is composed of 7 sentences, each one representing an anxiety symptom.
Ask the patient: how often has he/she been bothered by the following over the past 2 weeks?
1. Becoming easily upset or irritable
2. Being so restless that it's hard to sit still
3. Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen
4. Feeling nervous or anxious, or tense
5. Not being able to stop or control worrying
6. Trouble relaxing
7. Worrying too much about different things
Each sentence has four possible answers
Not at all = 0
Several days = +1
More than half the days =+2
Nearly every day = +3
Total scores (anxiety disorder)
0 = none
5 - 9 = mild
10 - 14 = moderate
> 15 = severe
• Higher scores associate with incapacity and functional impairment (e.g., work production and health care utilization).
• Scores ≥10: Suggest the need for assessment (diagnostic interview and mental status examination) and/or referral to a mental health professional.
See reference for more information.
Adapted from Tools and Resources. Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). GAD-7 anxiety scale. Internet. Available at https://www.capc.org/documents/download/465/ Accessed on October 15, 2021.