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Hamilton Depression Scale
Depression Online test
The Hamilton Depression Scale (abbreviated as HDS, HAMD or HAD) (see the reference below) is a depression test measuring the severity of clinical depression symptoms. Max Hamilton originally published the depression scale in 1960 and reviewed and evaluated it in 1966, 1967, 1969, and 1980.
It can be used for children, teenagers and adults. HDS is a standard measure of depression used in research and for the evaluation of effectiveness of depression therapies and treatments.
For whom is the test designed?
This depression screening test is for professional use only. It is often used to test individuals, who have already been diagnosed as having clinical depression with pronounced depression symptoms.
What precautions should I take?
According to Hamilton, the Hamilton Depression Scale should be administered by a clinician experienced in working with psychiatric patients because of the the difficulty of the interpretation of clinical terms. If you test yourself please read the questions very carefully, read the comments we supplied to make the questions more intelligible.
However, the result is NOT an official diagnosis, it is for orientation only. Please, remember that this test is intended for clinical evaluation.
Can you help me?
We rewrote and commented the original text (1) of Hamilton Depression Scale to help you interpreting the terms and getting more accurate choice, thus more exact score.
This is a depression online test. You should follow these simple instructions:
Please read each group of statements very carefully.
Just tick the answer, what you think being the most descriptive for your case. Choose only one for each title (there is no chance to select more than one, anyway). If none of them is really adequate, choose the nearest one.
After answering all the questions of the online depression test, hit the 'Score Me' button. A new window will open with your score and result.
But don't forget: don't rely on the result obtained. Depression scale is for orientation purposes only.
If you have problems with the Hamilton Depression Scale do not hesitate to contact us.
Hamilton Depression Scale
1. DEPRESSED MOOD
(Gloomy attitude, pessimism about the future, feeling of sadness, tendency to weep, low morale, misery, discouragement, hopelessness, emptiness, unhappiness, distress, pessimism)
Please check your answers in Hamilton Depression Scale before you hit the button.
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Hamilton, M (1980) Rating depressive patients. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 41: 21-24
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