The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) is competed by a clinician to indicate the severity of depression in patients already diagnosed with a depressive disorder; it is not a diagnostic instrument. It covers depressive state rather than trait and is intended primarily as a research rool to be used in "quantifying the results of an interivew." The HRSD contains 21 ratings measured on three (0 to 2) or five (0 to 4) point scale. The first 17 items are used in scoring the instrument, whereas the final four items provide more detail on the clinical characteristics of the depression.
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