GAD-7 Anxiety Test

The standard mental health test for Anxiety (at least an indication that feelings of anxiety may be present) is called the GAD-7 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 anxious ideation.

Technically, the GAD-7 is a self-administered test meaning that the ‘patient’ answers the questions themselves and on the basis of the scoring system, gets an insight into what their responses might mean.


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.

The Bio-medical modelling which claims that anxiety is caused imbalances in the brain chemistry of sufferers has never been scientifically established and remains just a theory.

Nevertheless, the GAD-7 anxiety test has found its way into the literature as a commonly used tool for indicating the presence of anxiety and in fact the NHS use this test, in conjunction with another test called the PHQ-9 test (Personal Health Questionnaire) to determine the effectiveness of its IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services.

Test Validity

The reliability of the GAD-7 was good (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.89). A cutoff score of 7 or higher, maximizing the Youden Index, yielded a sensitivity of 73.3% and a specificity of 67.3%.

One-factor structure of the GAD-7 was confirmed by exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis.

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Free Initial Consultations for Anxiety Problems

We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your anxiety-related mental health problems prior to commencing any counselling.

The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various types of psychological therapy 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 counselling service.

At Tranceform Psychology we emphasise the importance of the therapy 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 mental health work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different mental health problems.

Using our online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.

It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.


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