Anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent of mental disorders, yet the chronic and disabling nature of these conditions is often seriously underestimated. This has led to under-diagnosis and under-treatment. The lifetime prevalence rates for experiencing any anxiety disorder range from 10.4 to 28.8 percent. Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by various combinations of key features-excessive anxiety, fear, worry, avoidance, and compulsive rituals that are associated with impaired functioning or significant distress.

Anxiety in the Primary Care Setting

 Screening Tools

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item Scale (GAD7 tool)
    • Scoring and Assessment Scale for GAD-7
      • Score 5-9: Mild Anxiety
      • Score 10-14: Moderate Anxiety
      • Score 15+: Severe Anxiety
    • For scores of 10 or above, seek further evaluation from a behavioral health professional per the health plan referral information provided

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