Self-report measures are assessments where people can directly report how they perceive their symptoms, behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and feelings. These measures rely on an individual’s responses and provide mental health professionals with greater insight into their respondents. As treatment continues, self-reporting tools are a great way for individuals and professionals to track progress, determine how well certain therapies are working, and if additional or alternate treatment methods are necessary.
Self-reporting questionnaires may be completed by yourself on paper, electronically on a computer, or a therapist may complete the questionnaire for you by posing the questions and marking down your responses.
The GAD-7 is one of the most frequently used tools to assess generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It is a seven-item self-assessment survey that measures a person’s range of emotions in order to gauge the severity of their anxiety.
The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21) is a well-established, self-administered instrument with 21 statements that help people define, understand, and measure clinically significant emotional states.