Among the following fourteen proposals, determine which ones best correspond to your condition by assigning each group of symptoms a score between 0 and 4.
The Hamilton Anxiety Scale is one of the most commonly used psychological questionnaires to clarify the degree of anxiety a person is suffering from. It is therefore not a diagnostic tool, but a useful and very effective resource for assessing the patient's condition, psychosomatic symptoms, fears and cognitive processes.
This scale should therefore attract our attention for several reasons. It was designed in 1959 by Max R. Hamilton and is still one of the most used today. If there was one thing that was clear to this professor of psychiatry, and later president of the British Psychological Society, it was that not all states of anxiety are created equal.
He did not want to define another instrument to diagnose a disorder. It was thus a question of defining a very rigorous resource allowing to evaluate the degree of severity of the anxiety in a person, while differentiating the psychic anxiety from the somatic anxiety by its importance in the definition of the capacity of the people to control this very tiring reality.
Each person experiences anxiety in a particular way. No two realities are alike, therefore we cannot all use the same therapeutic strategies. Tests such as the one below are very suitable for customizing treatments according to the particular needs of each patient.
This instrument consists of 14 items. On the other hand, each question has five response options, ranging from "Not present" to "Very severe". Thus, a score of 17 or less indicates mild anxiety. A score between 18 and 24 points would already give us an indication of a moderate state of anxiety. Finally, if we get a score between 24 and 30, it would indicate a state of severe anxiety.