- One of the most widely used screening instruments for measuring the severity of depression in adults and adolescents.
- Self-report inventory composed of items relating to depressive symptoms (hopelessness and irritability), cognitions (guilt or feelings of being punished), and physical symptoms (fatigue, weight loss, and lack of interest in sex).
- The BDI can be used with, but is not limited to, persons with SCI.
- Several somatic symptoms included in the BDI are common in SCI and may be confused with symptoms of depression. Therefore, BDI score may be artificially inflated among SCI patients, representing higher levels of depression than is actually the case.
- The BDI is quick and easy to administer but you should be aware of any physical limitations that may affect scores.
Body Function ▶ Mental Functions