Another types of anxiety scale is called the BAI or Beck Anxiety Inventory. It uses 21 questions in a multiple choice form to measure the severity of anxiety. This scale specifically is commonly used in children thanks to easy-to-understand questions. However, it can be used to diagnose severity of anxiety in children as well.
The 21 questions each require an answer from these choices:
- 0 points for no bother at all.
- 1 point for mild bothering.
- 2 points for moderate bothering.
- 3 points for severe bothering.
The scores are then added up to determine the level of anxiety from which the patient is suffering. 0 to 21 points indicates low to no anxiety whatsoever. 22 to 35 points indicates that the person has moderate anxiety. 36 to 63 points would be an indicator for severe anxiety that is actually disrupting the individual’s daily life.
The BAI is designed as an anxiety scale to help differentiate the symptoms of anxiety from depression since the two conditions often do overlap and this has been a problem with other types of anxiety scales specifically.
Anxiety can appear in many forms and with a wide variety of symptoms. As a result, anxiety scales are extremely useful to determine the severity of one person’s condition. These are three of the most common scales used, but there are others that psychiatric professionals turn to as well. In any event, studies have shown time and again that anxiety scales or psychological scales of any time, are extremely useful in determining the severity of a condition and are highly accurate in providing real, clinical information that can be productive in treating a patient’s condition.