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Ave. $Cost$ of treating depression

Posted by Diane on October 30, 1999, at 20:09:18

What is the average cost of being on ADs? Ballpark figure.
Including the initial doctor visit & monthly medications.
How many visits does it take to be diagnosed (uni-polar, bi-polar, Dysthymic Disorder,

Has anyone taken one of those diagnostic "tests" ?

Symptom Driven Diagnostic System for Primary Care (SDDS-PC)
Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders (PRIME-MD)
Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D)
Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III-R)
Beck Depression Inventory-reported sensitivity of 86%, a specificity of 82%, and a
positive predictive value of 30%.
Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS)- most widely used screening tool for
depression. About 82% of persons with a Zung
Self-Rating Depression Scale greater than 55 have major depression by DSM-III criteria.

**Is it possible to download any of these "test", fill it out &, send it in prior to first
appointment with Psychiatrist so as to save time?





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