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Depression Screening with SIG E CAPS

Aka: Depression Screening with SIG E CAPS
  1. See Also
    1. Depression Screening with SALSA
  2. Background
    1. Developed by Dr. Carey Gross at Massachusetts General Hospital for use by psychiatry residents
  3. Indications
    1. Major Depression Screening
  4. Questions (Mnemonic: SIG E CAPS)
    1. Depressed Mood
    2. Sleep decreased (Insomnia with 2-4 am awakening)
    3. Interest decreased in activities (anhedonia)
    4. Guilt or worthlessness (Not a major criteria)
    5. Energy decreased
    6. Concentration difficulties
    7. Appetite disturbance or weight loss
    8. Psychomotor retardation/Agitation
    9. Suicidal thoughts
  5. Interpretation: Criteria for Major Depression
    1. Five of 9 major positive answers everyday for 2 weeks
  6. References
    1. Carlat (1998) Am Fam Physician 58(7):1617-24 [PubMed]

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