How to Assess

How do I assess my patients’ anxiety and depression?

Many tools exist for providers to assess their patients’ depression and anxiety. The tools below have been used in a variety of populations, including women in the perinatal period.

Scales to assess anxiety:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale (GAD-7) screens for common symptoms of anxiety experienced by the patient over the past two weeks (Spitzer, et. al., 2006).
  • PRIME MD 2A (GAD-2) is a brief screen for anxiety, using the first two questions of the GAD-7 (Kroenke, et. al., 2007).
  • State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) assesses levels of anxiety related to how the respondent "typically feels" (Spielberger, et. al., 1983).

Scales to assess depression: