GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER SCALE (GADS)

1. How distressing/disabling have your worries been in the last week?
Not at all=0‚ 1 ‚ 2 ‚ 3 ‚ 4= Moderately=5‚ 6 ‚ 7 ‚ 8= Extremely-the worst they have ever been
2. In the past week how much effort have you put into trying to control your worries?
Not at all=0‚ 1 ‚ 2 ‚ 3 ‚ 4= Moderately effort =5‚ 6 ‚ 7 ‚ 8= Full effort-I could not try more
Place a number from the scale below next to each item to show how often in the past week you have done the following in order to cope with your worry
Not at all=0‚ 1 ‚ 2 ‚ 3 ‚ 4= Half of the time =5‚ 6 ‚ 7 ‚ 8= All of the time
(a) Tried to distract myself
(b) Tried to control my thinking
(c) Tried to reason things out
(d) Asked for reassurance
(e) Talked to myself
(f) Tried not to think about things
(g) Looked for evidence
(h) Acted cautiously
(i) Planned how to cope if my worries were true
4. How often in the past week have you avoided the following in order to prevent worrying? Place a number from the scale below next to each item
Not at all=0‚ 1 ‚ 2 ‚ 3 ‚ 4= Half of the time =5‚ 6 ‚ 7 ‚ 8= All of the time
(a) News items
(b) Social situations
(c) Uncertainty
(d) Thoughts of illness
(e) Thoughts of accident/loss
(f) Other (specify)
5. Below are a number of thoughts that people have about their worries. Indicate how much you believe each one by placing a number from the scale below next to each one
Do not believe the thought at all=0‚ 10‚ 20‚ 30‚ 40‚ 50‚ 60‚ 70‚ 80‚ 90‚ 100=Completely convinced the thought is true
I could go crazy with worry
Worrying could harm me
Worrying puts my body under stress
If l don’t control my worry it will control me
My worrying is uncontrollable
If I worry too much I could lose control
Worrying helps me cope
If l worry I’ll be prepared
Worrying keeps me safe
Worrying helps me get things done
Something bad would happen if I didn’t worry
Worrying helps me solve problems
From Wells‚ 1997‚ with permission
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9780470713662.app6/pdf
http://bmo.sagepub.com/content/23/4/526.short

Wells‚ A. (1997). Cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders: A practice manual and conceptual guide. Chichester: Wiley.