Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Illness, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Depression Detection

depression detection

When you realize that major depressive disorder is often missed during the course of routine health care, there needs to be an approach that assures early detection.

Need a quick and effective way to screen for detection of depression depression and a means to help remember what to look for?

Here is a mnemonic that I came across that effectively screens a patient for Major Depressive disorder:

S.P.A.C.E – R.A.G.S

S: Sleep disorder (increased somnolence or insomnia)
P: Pleasure (lack of = anhendonia)
A: Appetite (decreased or increased)
C: Concentration (decreased)
E: Energy (low)

R: Retardation (movement, thinking, etc. vs. agitation)
A: Agitation
G: Guilt
S: Suicidal Ideation

Google Reviews

Comments for this post are closed.

Treatment Potentiating Problems

A panel surgeon referred an injured worker to a local psychologist. The psychologist reports that the injured worker is angry …
Read Blog Post

hypochondriac

The Hypochondriac

Hypochondriac:  There is a way (an algorithm if you will) that can help you determine who will (and will not) return to …
Read Blog Post

reluctant

Reluctant

When a patient reaches MMI with a permanent and partial disability, s/he should be focusing on dealing with chronicity, not …
Read Blog Post