Using an anxiety test in evaluating a person for substance abuse is one of the tools that New Life Medical Addiction Services uses when patients come to its Marlton, NJ facility.
Although most of us experience anxiety in our everyday lives, people who misuse or are addicted to drugs and other substances often have a higher level of generalized anxiety. This anxiety makes their struggles with addiction even harder.
At New Life, an anxiety test allows the patient and us to understand the stresses we are under due to pressures from family, work or other causes. In the struggle with addiction, the anxiety test helps us gauge these pressures and help us understand some of the root causes and triggers for addiction.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) scale
|Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems?
|Not at all sure
|Over half the days
|1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things
|2. Not being able to stop or control worrying
|3. Worrying too much about different things
|4. Trouble relaxing
|5. Being so restless that it's hard to sit still
|6. Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
|7. Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen
If you checked off any problems, how difficult have these made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people?
Not difficult at all __________
Somewhat difficult _________
Very difficult _____________
Extremely difficult _________
GAD-7 total score for the seven items ranges from 0 to 21. Scores represent: 0-5 mild anxiety; 6-10 moderate anxiety; 11-15 moderately severe anxiety; 15-21 severe anxiety. Please contact a healthcare professional for further assessment.
Source: Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Williams JBW, Lowe B. A brief measure for assessing generalized anxiety disorder. Arch Inern Med. 2006;166:1092-1097.