Assessment of Major Depressive Disorder

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Psychological Assessment

A systematic process of obtaining information from participants and using it to make inferences or judgments about them. In a clinical context, this process is known as a psychological assessment.

Assessment of Major Depressive Disorder
Assessment of Major Depressive Disorder

Factors for the assessment

Following factors should be considered for the assessment of major depressive disorders

  •  Nature
  • Duration
  • Severity of the presenting disorder
  •  Associated functional impairment
  • Confirmation/rejection of Prognosis

Assessment of major depressive disorders

A depression assessment should:

  • include a full history and examination, including a mental status examination
  • Explore functional, interpersonal, and social issues
  • take a psychiatric history that documents past episodes of depression or mood elevation, response to previous treatment, and the existence of comorbid mental health conditions
  • assess client safety and risk to others. Suicidal intent should be assessed regularly.
  • obtain a third-party history from family members or other caregivers if the client consents and it is appropriate.

 Assessment Tools

Following tools are used for assessment of major depressive disorders such as

  •         Questionnaire


Following questionnaire used for assessment of major depressive disorders 

  • Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)
  • Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression
  • Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS)



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