The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7 (GAD-7) is a seven item questionnaire used to assess symptom categories associated with stress or anxiety. Use of the tool will help you better understand the frequency, intensity and impact to functioning of any symptoms your client may be experiencing. By using the questionnaire and noting the results over time, you will be able to understand the patient's overall level of anxiety symptoms, changes to their symptoms and the impact of those symptoms on their functioning, and whether self-reported symptoms may reach a significant impact. When considering a diagnosis, you will still need to use clinical interviewing skills to determine whether the symptoms are causing clinically significant distress or impairment, and whether those symptoms are not better explained or attributed to other conditions the client is experiencing.
0-3 item rating
Total score- 0-21 point scale
Good clinical care requires that clinicians monitor client progress. Scores of less than five twice in a row, at least two weeks apart, can serve as an indication that maintenance treatment may be appropriate. Scores that demonstrate a 50% or greater improvement compared to pretreatment score indicate a reliable change.
As a mental health professional, client care decisions are up to your discretion. However, we recommend attention to the following scenarios related to GAD-7:
A total score of 15+ which indicates severe symptoms:
An increased change in score by 10+ points
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