Comprehensive Mental Health Scales App Adds Clock Test to iPad Version

Lethbridge, AB, Canada and Menlo Park, California - Version 2.0 of Mental Health Scales is now available in the iTunes App Store. This app, developed by Carol Peyser, M.D. and Apps & More Software Design, Inc., provides the health care professional with a comprehensive set of mental health rating scales on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The new version adds the clock test for cognitive screening on the iPad, and for all iOS devices an additional rating scale, the CAGE questionnaire for identifying alcoholism. The app automatically determines the type of device on which it is running and presents the appropriate user interface and test selection. The simple interface and security features give the clinician the option to hand a client the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to perform a self-reporting scale or the clock test while being observed. Having a client draw a clock face and indicating a specific time has long been a standard tool in cognitive screening. With this new version of Mental Health Scales the clinician now has the option of having the drawing done directly on the iPad with finger or stylus and having a conveniently available history of previous tests for quick comparison, complete with assigned scores. The newly added CAGE Screen is a four item scale that has been extensively validated for use in identifying alcoholism. The existing suite of scales provided are: PHQ-9 (self-rated depression scale), GDS (geriatric depression scale - short form), GAD-7 (generalized anxiety disorder screening which can also be used to rate symptoms of anxiety in other disorders), ADHD-SRS (adult ADHD self-reporting scale), AIMS (Abnormal Involuntary Movements Scale - quick screening for tardive dyskinesia that can document absence of, progression or regression of abnormalities), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and BMI (Body Mass Index + Waist Circumference) for monitoring the effect of medications. These scales are well-validated and can be easily and efficiently used by physicians, nurses, therapists and others in the helping professions. Scoring is automatically done for all scales and a complete history of results is maintained for each client. According to Don Hall, president of Apps & More, privacy remains a key feature of the app. Accessing test results and transferring them from the device are completely under the control of the owner.
About Apps & More Software Design, Inc.

Apps & More Software Design, Inc. is a privately owned Canadian corporation founded in 1998 by Donald S. Hall, PhD. As well as the development of iOS applications, Apps & More also develops script scheduling software for Macintosh OS X, which presently includes the application Script Timer and the related products Track Timer and Job Timer. Clients in more than 30 countries range from software corporations to research labs to offices to private individuals.

About Carol Peyser, M.D.

Dr. Peyser is a board certified Adult Psychiatrist with many years of clinical experience. She provides highly individualized care for people with a wide variety of problems in her active private practice.

Dr. Peyser has served on the full-time faculty at both the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and at Stanford University School of Medicine, and has authored many peer-reviewed papers on psychiatric and neurological disorders.