Diagnostic tools

Screening tools

Here are a some helpful self-assessments and screening tools you can use with your patients.

Anxiety

  • GAD-7 (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) is a seven-question screening tool that identifies whether a complete assessment for anxiety is indicated. 

GAD-7 SCORING: Scores of 5, 10, and 15 are taken as the cut-off points for mild, moderate and severe anxiety, respectively. When used as a screening tool, further evaluation is recommended when the score is 10 or greater.

Bipolar disorder

Depression

Drug and alcohol abuse (including prescription drug abuse)

  • CAGE-AID is a commonly used, five-question tool used to screen for drug and alcohol use. The CAGE is a quick questionnaire to help determine if an alcohol assessment is needed. If a person answers yes to two or more questions, a complete assessment is advised.