Rating scales for depression

Standardized rating scales exist to permit quantitative measurement of the severity of depressed mood. Their main use is in research work, as in comparing response to different treatments. They may be used clinically as screening instruments to help detect depression in high-risk populations, such as patients attending general hospitals. However, they are not in themselves diagnostic, and are not validated for medico-legal use.

Observer-rating scales include the Hamilton. Self-rating scales include the Beck, Zung, and HAD (Hospital Anxiety and Depression) scales, although the last is, strictly speaking, a screening instrument rather than a measurement tool.

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