GAD Screening Test

by Alex Wright

GAD Screening Test

This is a screening for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The following questions are formed using the information in the DSM-5, the diagnostic statistic manual used by diagnosticians all over the country. 

1. Have you been experiencing excessive anxiety and worry, on more days than not, for at least six months now, about a wide range of events or activities?

2. Do you find it difficult to control your worry?

3. Do you experience three or more of the following symptoms: restlessness, easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, or sleep disturbance?

4. Does your anxiety cause significant distress or impairment in your life, social, occupational, or otherwise?

"The essential feature of generalized anxiety disorder is excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation) about a number of events or activities. The intensity, duration, or frequency of the anxiety and worry is out of proportion to the actual likelihood or impact of the anticipated event. The individual finds it difficult to control the worry and to keep worrisome thoughts from interfering with attention to tasks at hand. Adults with generalized anxiety disorder often worry about everyday, routine life circumstances, such as possible job responsibilities, health and finances, the health of family members, misfortune to their children, or minor matters (eg.,doing household chores or being late for appointments.)

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