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The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2 (GAD-2) is a very brief and easy to perform initial screening tool for generalized anxiety disorder.1

Not at all (0)Several days (+1)More than 7 days over two weeks (+2)Nearly every day (+3)
Feeling anxious, nervous, or on edge.
Not being able to stop or control worrying.
GAD-2 score obtained by adding score for each question (total points)
0123= or > 4
A score of 3 points is the preferred cut-off for identifying possible cases and in which further diagnostic evaluation for generalized anxiety disorder is warranted. Using a cut-off of 3 the GAD-2 has a sensitivity of 86% and specificity of 83% for diagnosis generalized anxiety disorder.
The client's priority concern.
What does your supervisor need to know about the client's situation?

Performance as Screening Tool for Anxiety Disorders:
Although designed as a screening tool for generalized anxiety, the GAD-2 is also performs reasonably well as a screening tool for three other common anxiety disorders—Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.1

  1. Kroenke K, Spitzer RL, Williams JB, Monahan PO, Löwe B. Anxiety disorders in primary care: prevalence, impairment, comorbidity, and detection. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146:317-25.


The GAD-2 was based on the GAD-7, which was developed by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. No permission required to reproduce, translate, display or distribute.