Year: 1972 Source: Postgraduate Medicine, v.52, no.6, (1972), p.81-85 SIEC No: 19833082

There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing depression among the family practice patients. Since depression often masquerades as a somatic disorder and patients tend to conceal mood deviations, diagnosis is often missed. As a result, antidepressant treatment may not be instituted promptly and the patient may attempt suicide. A sensitive scale has been devloped to aid the family physician in rapid screening of patients for depression and in estimating its severity.