The generalized anxiety disorder test is an online assessment tool used for determining whether or not a person might have symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by excessive, unrealistic worry and tension about everyday events and activities.
People with generalized anxiety disorder experience excessive anxiety and worry about a variety of events or activities, such as work, school, health, or relationships, even when there is little or no reason to do so.
If you believe that you may have symptoms of Generalized anxiety then it is a good idea to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
The assessment tools can be the first step toward the proper diagnosis and treatment but there is no single test to diagnose GAD. Only mental health experts can make a proper diagnosis of mental health conditions.
This self-assessment tool is based on the criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM 5 for the diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder. Again this online quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool, if you got a high score, it does not mean you are suffering from this disorder.
If your symptoms are interfering with your day-to-day activities then it may be a good idea to consult a mental health professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
What is the criteria to diagnose for generalized anxiety disorder?
The diagnostic criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) are as follows:
A person should have these signs — excessive anxiety and worry about a number of events or activities, occurring more days than not, for at least 6 months, as indicated by at least 3 of the following symptoms:
- The person feels restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge.
- The person is easily fatigued.
- The person has difficulty concentrating or the mind goes blank.
- The person has irritability.
- The person has constant muscle tension.
- The person is experiencing sleep disturbance (for example he feels difficulty falling or staying asleep)
Anxiety, worry, or physical symptoms causes problems in daily life such as work or relationships.
The problem is not caused by a medical condition or substance and is not caused by another mental disorder.
For a proper diagnosis, it needs a comprehensive evaluation that includes a detailed interview, physical examination, and possibly laboratory tests.
What is the GAD-7 screening tool?
The GAD-7 is a screening test — that helps you in identifying generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and it also helps to understand how severe these symptoms are.
It is a self-reported questionnaire with seven questions that you must complete.
Each question is rated on a scale of 0 to 3 — depending on how often you have had that symptom in the last 2 weeks.
The total score can be between 0 and 21 — if you got a higher score then it means more severe symptoms.
The GAD-7 is a useful tool to see if someone has a generalized anxiety disorder and to track how their symptoms change over time.
Our screening tool is different from GAD-7 test and uses different questionnaires and scoring systems.