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What is the Hamilton Depression Scale

Onlymyhealth Editorial Team, Date:2013-04-25

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Depression and several other physiological disorders cannot be observed or measured by a mechanical device. In order to measure a person's level of depression i.e. whether he/she has mild, moderate or severe depression, we need to have a certain instrument. Hamilton rating scale for depression is a rating scale in which a psychologist or psychiatrist interviews the patient in detail about what they are feeling, the kind of thoughts they have, their sleep patterns and food intake. They interview the patients on all the depressing symptoms and take note of the record of each symptom on a rating scale. All these ratings are summoned up to prepare a composite score. This composite score is very useful in understanding to what extent a person is depressed, how severe his or her depression is etc. To know more about Hamilton's depression rating scale, watch this video.
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