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Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life and this is normal when related to stressful events, such as taking an exam or facing a job interview. However, feeling anxious all the time can be the symptom of something more serious, especially if a person finds it hard to control their worries and it begins to affect their daily life.

This test asks you to say how much you have been concerned by certain behaviours over the past 2 weeks. It was developed by Pfizer and is called the GAD-7 screener. It was created by Drs. Spitzer, Williams and Kroenke. It is not a diagnosis tool – only a trained medical professional can diagnose you with anxiety - but it will provide you with a useful indication of your risk of suffering from anxiety.

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Anxiety

Before beginning the test, please answer the questions below. These will be used to calculate national totals – they will not be linked to you individually.

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Anxiety

Question 1 of 7
 

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems? Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge

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Question 2 of 7
 

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems? Not being able to stop or control worrying

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Question 3 of 7
 

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems? Worrying too much about different things

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Question 4 of 7
 

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems? Trouble relaxing

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Question 5 of 7
 

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems? Being so restless that it is hard to sit still

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Question 6 of 7
 

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems? Becoming easily annoyed or irritable

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Question 7 of 7
 

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems? Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen

Anxiety: Your results

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You scored %
  • Minimal Anxiety

    Your score indicates you are very unlikely to suffer from an anxiety disorder at this time. Remember that anxiety can develop in the future as a result of external events, particularly stressful times such as bereavement or periods of change in your life. In such an event, discuss any concerns with your GP.

    The symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) often develop slowly. How severe they are varies from person to person. Some people have only one or two symptoms, while others have many more. Anxiety can affect you physically and mentally.

    Psychological symptoms include restlessness, a feeling of dread, irritability and being easily distracted. Physical symptoms can be equally distressing ranging from dizziness and shortness of breath, to upset stomach and diarrhoea. There are often triggers of anxiety, but these are not always obvious and worrying about what might be the trigger can itself be a cause of anxiety.

  • Mild anxiety

    Your score indicates you have mild symptoms of anxiety. If these symptoms persist, it might put you at higher risk of developing an anxiety disorder. There are various self-help strategies to reduce anxiety and help you stay well. You should discuss these with your GP and work out the best strategy for you.

    The symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) often develop slowly. How severe they are varies from person to person. Some people have only one or two symptoms, while others have many more. Anxiety can affect you physically and mentally.

    Psychological symptoms include restlessness, a feeling of dread, irritability and being easily distracted. Physical symptoms can be equally distressing ranging from dizziness and shortness of breath, to upset stomach and diarrhoea. There are often triggers of anxiety, but these are not always obvious and worrying about what might be the trigger can itself be a cause of anxiety

  • Moderate anxiety

    A score in this range is indicative of someone with an anxiety disorder. If you have not sought a diagnosis yet then you should speak to your GP as soon as possible to get a diagnosis, discuss ways to overcome these symptoms and ensure you have the correct levels of support/treatment.

    The symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) often develop slowly. How severe they are varies from person to person. Some people have only one or two symptoms, while others have many more. Anxiety can affect you physically and mentally.

    Psychological symptoms include restlessness, a feeling of dread, irritability and being easily distracted. Physical symptoms can be equally distressing ranging from dizziness and shortness of breath, to upset stomach and diarrhoea. There are often triggers of anxiety, but these are not always obvious and worrying about what might be the trigger can itself be a cause of anxiety

  • Severe anxiety

    The symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) often develop slowly. How severe they are varies from person to person. Some people have only one or two symptoms, while others have many more. Anxiety can affect you physically and mentally.

    Psychological symptoms include restlessness, a feeling of dread, irritability and being easily distracted. Physical symptoms can be equally distressing ranging from dizziness and shortness of breath, to upset stomach and diarrhoea. There are often triggers of anxiety, but these are not always obvious and worrying about what might be the trigger can itself be a cause of anxiety.

Anxiety

71,072 people have taken the test, and so far...

49% Scored “high”
49% Scored “high”

Highest scoring occupation engineer

Lowest scoring occupation musician

Average regional scores

Light green = low score -> Darkest green = high score
This is a visual representation of scores for this test for several regions of the United Kingdom.

How many of each age group scored “high”?

Age ranges: 18-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 56-60, 61+ 18 to 30 year olds on average scored 40% 31 to 35 year olds on average scored 35% 36 to 40 year olds on average scored 70% 41 to 45 year olds on average scored 30% 46 to 50 year olds on average scored 5% 51 to 55 year olds on average scored 10% 56 to 60 year olds on average scored 20% 61 years and over on average scored 80%
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