- The Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) is a well-established self-report screening measure of adult depression severity. It has been used in a variety of mental health areas including primary care, psychiatric, drug trials, and related clinical, institutional, and research settings.
- In some clinical applications, the Beck Depression Inventory or the PHQ-9 may be preferable as they survey a two-week period and include an item specific to suicidal ideation (this is consistent with DSM–IV criteria for major depression).
- Some items on the Zung SDS may be sensitive to individuals with SCI.
- It is easy to administer and score. The positive and negative item wording may be confusing for some individuals.
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