Mental Health Test for Anxiety
The standard mental health test for anxiety is called the GAD7 test.
GAD stands for Generalised Anxiety Disorder and the 7 refers to the number of questions that are used to determine the presence or absence of anxiety.
It was originally developed by Pfizer (of Coronavirus vaccine fame) but is now freely available for public use although still under copyright.
GAD7 is a self-administered mental health test meaning that the ‘patient’ answers the questions themselves and on the basis of the scoring system, gets an insight into what their reponses might mean.
The responses are identical to those used in the PHQ9 Depression test.
Each question is answered using one of four options:
- “Not at all” – 0 points
- “Several days” – 1 point
- “More than half the days” – 2 points
- “Nearly everyday” – 3 points
Using this scoring system, the possible range of values runs from ‘0’ (every question is responded to with “not at all”) all the way through to ’21’ if all questions are answered with “nearly everyday”.
Subjectivity & Objectivity
It is important to be aware that the possible responses are subjective in nature and so the outcome is the result of subjectivity.
Unlike a blood test, which produces a definitive, or objective, result, self-administered tests are only as reliable as the responses that are given. Because of this, the results are NOT definitive, but only serve as an indication.
In fact, there is no objective test available to determine if a person has anxiety or not and this test actually measures behavioural responses.
Nevertheless, the GAD7 mental health test has found its way into the literature as a commonly used tool for indicating the presence of anxiety and, like the PHQ9 test, the NHS uses this test to determine the effectiveness of its IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) services.
GAD7 Mental Health Test Questions
Answer the following 7 questions acording to the scoring criteria given above and then calculate your overall score:
Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?
- Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge?
- Not being able to stop or control 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 afraid as if something awful might happen?
Using the scale below you can determine if you (according to this test) are experiencing any anxiety realted feelings.
Anxiety Severity: 0-4 none, 5-9 mild anxiety, 10-14 moderate anxiety, 15-21 severe anxiety.
Although the test is limited by its subjective design, it has been measured for validity and has been found to be 89% sensitive with a specificity of 82% when the score is equal to or greater than 10.
If you’ve tried out this mental health test and would like to arrange for an initial consultation to discuss the counselling options available at Tranceform, then click the contact button below.
Initial Consultations for Anxiety
We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your anxiety problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and last around 50 minutes
Why not drop us an e-mail to find out if we can help before arranging your initial assessment or, if you prefer, leave us a message on our Facebook page: facebook.com/tranceformational/ and we’ll get back to you to arrange a mutual date and time.
During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At TranceForm Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
For most mental health problems we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established cognitive behavioural therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of mental health counselling for developing a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.
Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp.
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I also offer a complete programme which combines mindfulness, mediation and hypnotherapy-
Call Joan on: 07434 776504