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Geriatric Depression Scale

Posted Dec 04 2012 12:00am
 Sheikh and Yesavage, 1986
This fifteen-question mood scale screens for depression in older adults.



Instructions:  Circle the answer that best describes how you felt  over the past week.
1. Are you basically satisfied with your life?  yes  no
2. Have you dropped many of your activities and  interests?  yes  no
3. Do you feel that your life is empty?  yes  no
4. Do you often get bored?  yes  no
5. Are you in good spirits most of the time?  yes  no
6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to  happen to you?  yes  no
7. Do you feel happy most of the time?  yes  no
8. Do you often feel helpless?  yes  no
9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing things?  yes  no
10. Do you feel that you have more problems with  memory than most?  yes  no
11. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now?  yes  no
12. Do you feel worthless the way you are now?  yes  no
13. Do you feel full of energy?  yes  no
14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless?  yes  no
15. Do you think that most people are better off  than you are?  yes  no

Total Score Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) 
Scoring Instructions
Instructions:  Score 1 point for each bolded answer.  A score of 5 or more suggests depression.

A score of > 5 suggests depression  Total Score
Ref.
The use of Rating Depression Series in the Elderly, in Poon (ed.): Clinical
Memory Assessment of Older Adults, American Psychological Association, 1986
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