By George Alexopoulos, Siegfried Kasper, Hans-Jürgen Möller, Carmen Moreno

This concise advisor offers psychiatrists (including trainees) and basic practitioners with a complete assessment of the main clinically proper review scales and instruments as a way to support with and increase diagnostic results in depression.

Depression is likely one of the commonest temper problems around the globe, with an entire life incidence throughout each person of 8-10%. regardless of being rather universal, melancholy continues to be significantly underdiagnosed throughout all age teams and nationalities.

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Thus, the CES-DC has moderate-to-good internal reliability and moderate stability in adolescents, with limited utility in children. Its brevity makes it useful as a first-line screening instrument, although due to its low discriminant validity, further assessment is required. Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale The Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale (KADS) is a short self-report scale for both diagnosing and monitoring the severity of depression in adolescents [20]. There are three forms of the scale: the 6-item, the 11-item, and the 16-item.

A facet analysis described three core items: sadness, dissatisfaction and irritability; the analysis indicated that most of the other items can be considered as additive ingredients to these core items, while vegetative symptoms play only a marginal role [76]. Reference values for different clinical groups are available, but norms from a representative population are not. References 1 Bech P. Clinical Psychometrics. 1st edn. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2012. 2 Möller HJ. Rating depressed patients: observer- vs self-assessment.

Mental health, educational, and social role outcomes of adolescents with depression. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59:225-231. 4 Cheung AH, Dewa CS: Canadian Community Health Survey: major depressive disorder and suicidality in adolescents. Health Policy. 2006;2:76-89. 5 Sharp LK, Lipsky MS. Screening for depression across the lifespan: a review of measures for use in primary care settings. Am Fam Physician. 2002;66:1001-1008. 6 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 4th edn. : American Psychiatric Association; 1994.

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