Mental Health Scales App Scales and Tests


The ASRS (Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale) provides 18 questions for a patient to answer about symptoms drawn from the diagnostic criteria of ADHD in DSM-IV. The six questions in Part A were found to be the most predictive of symptoms consistent with ADHD.The twelve questions of Part B help assess severity.
Adler, L.A.,Kessler, R.C., & Spencer, T. (2003) "The Adult ADHD Self-report Symptom Checklist". Geneva: World Health Organization

The AIMS (Abnormal Involuntary Movements Scale) is a quick screening instrument for dyskinesia and may aid in the early detection of tardive dyskinesia. It can also be used to monitor changes in dyskinesia.
Guy W., "ECDEU Assessment Manual for Psychopharmacology", revised ed. Washington, DC, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1976

The CAGE can identify alcohol problems over the lifetime. Two positive responses are considered a positive test and indicate further assessment is warranted. A score of 2 or greater is associated with SENSITIVITY of 74% and SPECIFICITY of 91%.
Ewing, J.A. (1984). Detecting alcoholism: The CAGE questionnaire. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 252, 1905-1907.

The GAD-7 is a brief self-report scale which is a validated and efficient tool to screen for generalized anxiety disorder and to assess its severity.
Robert L. Spitzer, Kurt Kroenke, Janet B. W. Williams, and Bernd Löwe, A Brief Measure for Assessing Generalized Anxiety Disorder: The GAD-7. Arch Intern Med, May 2006; 166: 1092 - 1097.

The GDS (Geriatric Depression Scale) is a widely used, validated screening measure for depression in older adults. For further details see (Thank you to Dr. J. Yesavage for approving the use of this tool.)
Brink TL, Yesavage JA, Lum O, Heersema P, Adey MB, Rose TL: Screening tests for geriatric depression. Clinical Gerontologist 1: 37-44, 1982.

The PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire) is a nine item self-rated depression scale. It is a well-validated tool for assisting clinicians in diagnosing depression as well as monitoring treatment response. It is based directly on the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder in the DSM-IV.
Robert L. Spitzer, Kurt Kroenke, Janet B. W. Williams, and the Patient Health Questionnaire Primary Care Study Group. Validation and Utility of a Self-report Version of PRIME-MD: The PHQ Primary Care Study. JAMA. 1999;282(18):1737-1744

PTSD Screen
The PTSD Screen is a seven item screening scale for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM‐IV) posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Breslau N, Peterson EL, Kessler RC, and Schultz LR. Short Screening Scale for DSM-IV Posttraumatic Stress Disorder American Journal of Psychiatry, 1999; 156:908-911.

Other Tests

A standard Body Mass Index calculator is included so that potential effects on body mass from treatments can be tracked.

Clock Test
The Clock Test is used as one screen for cognitive impairment. It gives an assessment of the ability of an individual to draw a clock and indicate a specific time and is scored from 1 to 6. (iPad only)
Kirby M, Denihan A, Bruce I, Coakley D, Lawlor BA. The clock drawing test in primary care: sensitivity in dementia detection and specificity against normal and depressed elderly. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2001;16:935-940.

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