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GAD-7 (General Anxiety Disorder-7)

Measures severity of anxiety.

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?
If any of the above were scored more than “Not at all”:

Management

Scores ≥10: Further assessment (including diagnostic interview and mental status examination) and/or referral to a mental health professional recommended.

ScoreSymptom SeverityComments
5-9MildMonitor
10*-14ModeratePossible clinically significant condition
>15SevereActive treatment probably warranted

*For Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, & PTSD, cutoff score of 8 may be used for optimal sensitivity/specificity (see EBM section).

Critical Actions

  • This tool should be used for screening and monitoring symptom severity and cannot replace a clinical assessment and diagnosis.
  • Do not forget to rule out medical causes of anxiety before diagnosing an anxiety disorder (for example, EKG for arrhythmias, TSH for thyroid disease).
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