The Generalized Anxiety Disorder Test is an online tool used to determine if a person may have symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), a mental health condition marked by excessive and unrealistic worry and tension about everyday events and activities.
Individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) suffer from excessive anxiety and worry about various events or activities like work, school, health, or relationships, even when there is little or no cause for concern.
If you suspect you may have symptoms of GAD, seeking proper diagnosis and treatment is a good idea.
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 hinder your daily activities, consulting a mental health professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment is recommended.
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 of 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 can disrupt daily life activities such as work or relationships.
If not caused by a medical condition, substance, or another mental disorder, a comprehensive evaluation is necessary for proper diagnosis.
This evaluation typically involves 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.