While we all experience anxiety from time to time, people who suffer from anxiety disorders have their full life impacted by feeling nervous. An anxiety disorder is different from feeling anxious as the later has a particular cause; time limit and it isn’t as severe. You may have concerns that you have this disorder and it is better to check than to wait it out. If you discover that you are likely to have moderate anxiety then visit your doctor, as this is easily treated through a variety of different ways.
The generalised anxiety disorder test, called GAD-7, calculates the severity on your anxiety by looking at the frequency of different anxiety symptoms over the last two weeks. This test is frequently used by doctors to diagnose patients and evaluate their condition, however, your doctor may use something different but similar. This test is not a diagnosis – to get a diagnosis you need to visit their doctor and they will take this test, as well as many other factors, into consideration.
How to Complete the Test
Scoring the test:
Choose the statement that most accurately describes each question over your last two weeks and note the numbers down
- Not at all = 0 points
- Several days = 1 point
- Most of the days = 2 points
- Nearly everyday = 3 points
- Have you felt anxious, worried or on edge
- Not being able to control or stop worrying
- Worrying too much about different things
- Trouble relaxing
- Being so restless that it is hard to sit still
- Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
- Feeling as if something awful may happen
Add all of your points up to get your score and whatever category this number falls in will describe the severity of your anxiety.
- 0-4 = minimal anxiety
- 5-9 = mild anxiety
- 10-14 = moderate anxiety ** If you reside in this category or above please see your doctor**
- 15-21 = severe anxiety
Track your anxiety
I really recommend that if you struggle with anxiety, that you take this test every two weeks and note down the result. Being able to visualise the changing nature of your anxiety can help identify triggers and patterns which could help you to recover. In addition, it is very interesting to see how we change over time and **hopefully** improve.
This test was made to assess the extremity of anxiety patients are experiencing and to assist doctors in diagnosing; I would like to reiterate that your score does not equal a diagnosis. If you don’t feel right, irregardless of your category, see your doctor – better safe than sorry! Anxiety tends to flare up in stressful times of our life and it is very common, therefore, do not be ashamed. Luckily, anxiety is treated very successfully and this can be achieved through therapy, medication or lifestyle changes – so don’t think it’s the end of the world. I hope this test has helped you to understand symptoms and signs of anxiety and encouraged you to seek help, if appropriate.