Geriatric Depression Scale (Koenig)
 
Score Interpretation
0 - 3 Normal
4 - 11 100% sensitive, 85% specific for depression
 
Do you often get bored?
Yes (1 point[s])
No (0 point[s])
Do you often get restless or fidgety?
Yes (1 point[s])
No (0 point[s])
Do you feel in good spirits?
Yes (0 point[s])
No (1 point[s])
Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most people?
Yes (1 point[s])
No (0 point[s])
Can you concentrate easily when reading the paper?
Yes (0 point[s])
No (1 point[s])
Do you prefer to avoid social gatherings?
Yes (1 point[s])
No (0 point[s])
Do you often feel downhearted and blue?
Yes (1 point[s])
No (0 point[s])
Do you feel happy most of the time?
Yes (0 point[s])
No (1 point[s])
Do you often feel helpless?
Yes (1 point[s])
No (0 point[s])
Do you feel worthless and ashamed about yourself?
Yes (1 point[s])
No (0 point[s])
Do you often wish you were dead?
Yes (1 point[s])
No (0 point[s])

 

Depression in the elderly is not uncommon. The score from this self-test can help a doctor determine your risk for depression. If your score is 4 or higher on this self-test, please see your doctor for an evaluation.

Meldon SW et al. Depression in geriatric ED patients and recognition. Ann Emerg Med 1997;30(2):141-5.

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