The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale


The beauty of the HADS score is its simplicity, speed and ease of use. Very few people have difficulty completing it. It assesses both anxiety and depression, which commonly coexist.

The questionnaire comprises seven questions for anxiety and seven questions for depression, and takes 2–5 minutes to complete.

HADS facilitates the early identification of both anxiety and depression simultaneously, whilst giving a separate score for each – helping aid the referral to appropriate services


Easy to score and simple to interpret, HADS provides clear cut-off scores to indicate the severity of the disorder to help inform appropriate interventions.

It is ideal for use as a screening measure and can be self-administered.

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