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WORINTFERE
Amount worry interfered with life

Description

For sample adults age 18+ who experienced a period of feeling worried, tense, or anxious or worrying more than most people during the past 12 months (WOR1MO, WORMORE), WORDRUGALC reports responses to the question, "Did you take medication or use drugs or alcohol more than once for the worry or the problems it was causing?"

Related Variables on Screening Generalized Anxiety Disorder

WORINTFERE was part of a series of mental health questions constituting the NHIS version of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview - Short Form (CIDI-SF) screening scale for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

 

According to the Field Representative's Manual for 1999, this set of GAD questions was included "to determine if the Sample Adult has had or still has a period lasting one month or longer when most of the time they felt worried, tense, or anxious in the past 12 months and, if so, how much they worry, if this worry has ended or is still going on and how long, how long it has affected them, how they dealt with these problems, and how much these problems interfered with their life or activities."

WORINTFERE was part of a group of supplemental questions asked of respondents who reported experiencing a period of feeling worried, tense, or anxious or worrying more than most people that lasted 6+ months and reported experiencing at least one physiological symptom of GAD.

 

To ascertain this, respondents received a first set of screening questions that asked whether they had experienced a period of feeling worried, tense, or anxious (WOR1MO) or of worrying more than most people (WORMORE) during the past 12 months. Respondents who answered "Yes" in either WOR1MO or WORMORE were then given a second set of screening questions used to determine whether this period lasted 6+ months.

For the second set of screening questions, respondents were first asked if the period of feeling worried, tense, or anxious or worrying more than most people was still going on (WORSTILL). Respondents who indicated in WORSTILL that this period had ended were asked, "How many months or years did it go on before it ended?" Responses to this question were recorded in two variables, WORAGONO (number of units) and WORAGOTP (time period). Respondents who indicated in WORSTILL that the period was still going on or who had an unknown answer in WORSTILL were asked about the duration of the (on-going) period of feeling worried, tense, or anxious or worrying more than most people. Their responses to the question "How many months or years has it been going on?" were recorded in two variables, WORNO (number of units) and WORTP (time period). If the respondent's answer to WORAGONO/WORAGOTP or WORNO/WORTP was "unknown," interviewers asked whether the period had lasted at least 6 months (WOR6MO).

Respondents who indicated that the period of feeling worried, tense, or anxious or worrying more than most people lasted at least six months (according to WORSTILL and WORAGONO/WORAGOTP, WORNO/WORTP, or WOR6MO) were asked about physiological symptoms of GAD.

 

These included:

  • Felt restless while worried/anxious ("Yes" in WORRESTLES)
  • Felt keyed up/on edge while worried/anxious ("Yes" in WOREDGY)
  • Felt irritable while worried/anxious ("Yes" in WORIRRIT)
  • Heart raced while worried/anxious ("Yes" in WORHEART)
  • Easily tired while worried/anxious ("Yes" in WORTIRED)
  • Had problems sleeping while worried/anxious ("Yes" in WORINSOM)
  • Felt dizzy while worried/anxious ("Yes" in WORDIZZY)

Respondents who experienced at least one of the above-mentioned physiological symptoms GAD were asked the question associated with WORINTFERE.

 

They were also asked other supplemental questions, which included:

  • Told health professional about worries (WORTOLDHP)
  • Used drugs or alcohol due to worries (WORDRUGALC)

While the answers to the screening and symptom questions are used to calculate the probability of caseness for GAD, answers to the supplemental questions listed above are not used in scoring the NHIS CIDI-SF screening scale for GAD.

 

For more information on all the variables associated with the NHIS CIDI-SF screening scale on GAD, and for instructions on how to calculate generalized anxiety disorder scores, see WOR1MO.

Comparability

This variable only occurs in 1999.

Universe

  • 1999: Sample adults age 18+ who experienced a period of worry during the past 12 months that lasted 6 months or longer AND experienced 1+ physiological symptoms of GAD.

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Availability

  • 1999
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