The GAD - 7 is intended to help clinicians identify and screen for the presence and severity of anxiety. The measure may be used to track changes in the individual’s symptom presentation over time.
The results of the GAD - 7 may be used to make a anxiety diagnosis according to DSM-IV criteria and takes less than 3 minutes to complete. The total of all 7 responses from the GAD - 7 aims to predict the presence and severity of anxiety
Each item inquires about how much (or how often) the individual has been bothered by the specific symptom during the past 2 weeks.