Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7)
What is the GAD-7?
The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7 (GAD-7) is a brief self-report measure used to assess symptoms of anxiety.
How is it used?
While the GAD-7 can be helpful for diagnosing anxiety. It is also a reliable and valid measure of anxiety severity. It is useful for quickly assessing the presence and severity of anxiety symptoms during clinical intakes and is also sensitive enough to change that it can be used to track patient progress throughout treatment.
Can it be trusted?
In short, yes. It has excellent psychometric properties for both the detection of anxiety and the assessment of symptom severity. Scores of 5, 10, and 15 are taken as the cut-off points for mild, moderate, and severe anxiety, respectively.
Please note that the GAD-7 is not the intellectual property of Neurocove Behavioral Health, LLC. References for the GAD-7 are included in at the bottom of this page.
It is very important to note that this questionnaire does not replace the need for formal diagnostic assessment and that this screening measure is primarily used to inform clinical decision making. To be clear, you cannot substantiate an anxiety diagnosis with the GAD-7 alone. However, it is helpful to determine whether or not a diagnosis of anxiety needs to be considered and to track treatment progress for those already diagnosed with anxiety disorders.
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Rutter, L. A., & Brown, T. A. (2017). Psychometric properties of the generalized anxiety disorder scale-7 (GAD-7) in outpatients with anxiety and mood disorders. Journal of psychopathology and behavioral assessment, 39(1), 140-146.