Anxiety Disorder Diagnostic Questionnaire (ADDQ)

Background:

The Anxiety Disorder Diagnostic Questionnaire ADDQ was constructed as a screening tool for the presence of clinical fear and anxiety independent of diagnoses, in both clinical and nonclinical populations.

Psychometrics:

Support for the psychometric validity of the ADDQ is presented (Norton & Robinson, 2010).

Author of Tool:

Norton & Robinson

Key references:

Norton, P. J., & Robinson, C. M. (2010). Development and evaluation of the anxiety disorder diagnostic questionnaire. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 39, 137-149.

Primary use / Purpose:

The ADDQ is a 4-part self-report questionnaire assessing fearfulness and apprehension/worry, the severity, interference, and distress of the anxiety, as well as specific symptoms (i.e. shortness of breath, irritability).

Anxiety Disorder Diagnostic Questionnaire

An Anxiety Disorder is a condition in which a person feels extreme fear when faced with certain objects, situations, feelings, or thoughts, and/or extreme anxiety/worry about possible encounters with those objects (e.g., heights, crowds), situations (e.g., public speaking), bodily sensations (e.g., racing heart, nausea), thoughts (e.g., recurring bothersome thoughts), or memories (e.g., recurring unexpected memories of past events).

Both the fear and the anxiety/worry often lead to various physical symptoms and urges to prevent or escape from the objects, situations, bodily sensations, thoughts, or memories. The amount of fear and anxiety/worry is usually much more than other people seem to experience in the same situation.

Please describe the main objects, situations, bodily sensations, thoughts, or memories that provoke your fear or anxiety/worry:
1.     Over the past month, have you experienced intense and frequent fear when you are faced with the   Yes

                                                                                     No       object, situation, bodily sensation, thought, or memory listed above?

1a. Is this fear more than what others seem to feel in the same situation?

Yes                                                           No       How intense is the fear you typically feel when faced with the objects, situations, thoughts, memories, or sensations?

None                         Mild                       Moderate                   Severe          Very Severe 0------------1------------2------------3------------4-----------5------------6------------7--- 8

What do you typically do when you are faced with the objects, situations, thoughts, memories, or sensations listed above?

2.    Over the past month, have you experienced anxiety/worry when thinking about possible

Yes                                                                   No       meetings with the object, situation, bodily sensation, thought, or memory listed above?

2a. Is this anxiety/worry more than what others seem to feel in the same situation?                         Yes     No                                                                                                                                                    

How intense is the anxiety/worry you typically feel when thinking about possibly meeting the objects, situations, thoughts, memories, or sensations?

None                         Mild                       Moderate                   Severe          Very Severe 0------------1------------2------------3------------4-----------5------------6------------7--- 8

What do you typically do when thinking about possible meeting with the objects, situations, thoughts, memories, or sensations listed above?

3.    During the past month, have you been bothered by any of the following symptoms when experiencing fear and/or

anxiety/worry? Place a check mark next to each symptom you frequently have experienced in the past month?

       racing/pounding heart           irritability                        sweaty/clammy                stomach problems or nausea

       shortness of breath               sleep problems                 hot flashes/chills              restlessness/feeling on edge

       trembling/shaking                muscle tension                 numbness/tingling            dizziness/lightheadedness

       fatigue                                 choking sensations           chest tightness                concentration difficulties

4a.   Over the past month, how much has your fear and anxiety/worry interfered with your life, work, social activities, family, etc.?

None                      Mild                       Moderate                    Severe          Very Severe 0------------1------------2------------3------------4-----------5------------6------------7 ---------- 8

4b.   Over the past month, how distressed have you been about your fear and anxiety/worry?

None                         Mild                       Moderate                    Severe          Very Severe 0------------1------------2------------3------------4-----------5------------6------------7-- 8