It was designed in by British and Swedish researchers as an adjunct to the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression HAMD which would be more sensitive to the changes brought on by antidepressants and other forms of treatment than the Hamilton Scale was. The overall score ranges from 0 to The questionnaire includes questions on the following symptoms 1. Apparent sadness 2. Reported sadness 3. Inner tension 4.
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Representing despondency, gloom and despair, more than just ordinary transient low spirits reflected in speech, facial expression, and posture. Rate on depth and inability to brighten up. Representing reports of depressed mood, regardless of whether it is reflected in appearance or not. Includes low spirits, despondency or feeling of being beyond help without hope.
Rate according to intensity, duration and the extent to which the mood is reported to be influenced by events. Representing feelings of ill-defined discomfort, edginess, inner turmoil mounting to eitherpanic, dread or anguish. Rate according to intensity, frequency, duration and the extent of reassurance called for. Representing the feeling of loss of appetite compared with when well. Rate by loss of desire for food or the need to force oneself to eat.
Rate according to intensity, frequency, and degree of incapacity produced. Representing a difficulty getting started or slowness initiating and performing everyday activities. Representing the subjective experience of reduced interest in the surroundings, or activities that normally give pleasure.
The ability to react with adequate emotion to circumstances or people is reduced. Representing the feeling that life is not worth living, that a natural death would be welcome, suicidal thoughts, and the preparations for suicide. Suicidal attempts should not in themselves influence the rating.
British Journal of Psychiatry. Avril Tools Tracking My profiles News Help. This tool is intended for healthcare professionals. A self-measurement test will not be sufficient to complete and interpret correctly these scales.
The MADRS Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale is commonly used to assess the severity of mood disorders, concentration, physical state, and sleep disorders associated with depressive states. This scale is intended for healthcare professionals who can address the various aspects of the test during a clinical interview and evaluate the responses of their patient.
The detail of each aspect of the test is provided for information. No sadness. Looks dispirited but does brighten up without difficulty. Appears sad and unhappy most of the time. Looks miserable all the time. Extremely despondent. Occasional sadness in keeping with the circumstances. Sad or low but brightens up without difficulty. Pervasive feelings of sadness or gloominess. The mood is still influenced by external circumstances. Continuous or unvarying sadness, misery or despondency.
Only reflecting inner tension. Occasional feelings of edginess and ill-defined discomfort. Continuous feelings of inner tension or intermittent panic which the patient can only master with some difficulty. Unrelenting dread or anguish. Overwhelming panic. Sleeps as usual. Slight difficulty dropping off to sleep or slightly reduced light or fitful sleep.
Sleep reduced or broken by at least two hours. Less than two or three hours sleep 05 - Reduced Appetite Representing the feeling of loss of appetite compared with when well. Normal or increased appetite.
Slightly reduced appetite. No appetite. Food is tasteless. No difficulties in concentrating. Difficulties in concentrating and sustaining thought which reduces ability to read or hold a conversation. Unable to read or converse without great initiative. Hardly no difficulty in getting started. No sluggishness. Difficulties in starting activities. Difficulties in starting simple routine activities which are carried out with effort.
Complete lassitude. Unable to do anything without help. Normal interest in the surroundings and in other people. Reduced ability to enjoy usual interest. Loss of interest in surroundings. Loss of feelings for friends and acquaintances. The experience of being emotionally paralyzed, inability to feel anger, grief or pleasure and a complete or even painful failure to feel for close relatives and friends.
Inferiority, self-reproach, sinfulness, remorse and ruin. No pessimistic thoughts. Fluctuating ideas of failure, self-reproach or self-depreciation. Persistent self-accusations, or definite but still rational ideas of guilt or sin. Increasingly pessimistic about the future. Delusions of ruin, remorse or unredeemable sin. Self-accusations which are absurd and unshakable. Enjoys life or takes it as it comes.
Weary of life. Only fleeting suicidal thoughts. Probably better off dead. Suicidal thoughts are common, and suicide is considered as a possible solution, but without specific plans or intention. Explicit plans for suicide when there is an opportunity.
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Less than two or three hours sleep. Needs persuasion to eat.
Montgomery–Åsberg Depression Rating Scale