Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Screening Tool
Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is a chronic anxiety disorder that typically develops over time. It causes intense worrying that interferes with daily life. The condition is most common in young adults, but can affect children as well. In addition to worry, people with generalized anxiety have physical symptoms such as muscle twitches and tension.
Generalized anxiety disorder can be treated by psychiatric counseling, medication, or by a combination of several treatments. However, it is difficult to diagnose. For this reason, it is important to have a reliable screening tool.
The Patient Health Questionnaire (GHQ) is a quick and easy way to assess the presence of anxiety. If a person scores high, it is possible that he or she has generalized anxiety disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder is often associated with other psychiatric conditions. In fact, women are twice as likely as men to suffer from the condition. People who have GAD have difficulty relaxing, and may use alcohol or drugs to ease the symptoms of their condition.
As with most psychiatric disorders, the best way to treat generalized anxiety disorder is to get patients into a treatment program. Some patients need to take medications, while others need to have psychiatric counseling.
Diagnostic criteria for generalized anxiety disorder have become more stringent in recent years. Several studies have been performed, but the quality of the research has varied. Therefore, this review aims to systematically assess the prevalence of the disease.
The subsyndromal form of generalized anxiety disorder is associated with a high disease burden. It is similar to the syndromal form in some respects.