Friday, May 4

Geriatric Depression Scale Short Form

Geriatric Depression Scale short form (GDS-SF) is an adequate substitute for the original 30-item scale (GDS) that is commonly used to identify depression in the elderly.

Instructions: Choose the best answer for how you have felt over the past week.

  1. Are you basically satisfied with your life? YES / NO
  2. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests? YES / NO
  3. Do you feel that your life is empty? YES / NO
  4. Do you often get bored? YES / NO
  5. Are you in good spirits most of the time? YES / NO
  6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you? YES / NO
  7. Do you feel happy most of the time? YES / NO
  8. Do you often feel helpless? YES / NO
  9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing new things? YES / NO
  10. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most? YES / NO
  11. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now? YES / NO
  12. Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now? YES / NO
  13. Do you feel full of energy? YES / NO
  14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless? YES / NO 
  15. Do you think that most people are better off than you are? YES / NO

Scoring Instructions: Score 1 point for each bolded answer. 
  1. YES  /  NO
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  6. YES  /  NO
  7. YES  /  NO
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  11. YES  /  NO
  12. YES  /  NO
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  14. YES  /  NO
  15. YES  /  NO

    A score greater than or equal to 5 suggests depression. Scores greater than or equal to 10 are almost always depression.