Discriminant analysis of Beck Depression Inventory and Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression in Huntington's disease.

@article{Rickards2011DiscriminantAO,
  title={Discriminant analysis of Beck Depression Inventory and Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression in Huntington's disease.},
  author={Hugh Edward Rickards and Jennifer De Souza and Jennifer Crooks and Marleen R. van Walsem and Erik van Duijn and Bernhard Landwehrmeyer and Ferdinando Squitieri and Sheila A. Simpson},
  journal={The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={23 4},
  pages={399-402}
}
Depression is common in Huntington's disease, but standard rating scales have doubtful validity in this population. Using data from the European Huntington's Disease REGISTRY study, the authors examined the discriminant value of items on the Beck Depression Inventory (N=843) and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (N=768). Good discriminators of depression, apart from "depressed mood," were "guilt," "loss of interest," and "suicidality." Items that discriminated poorly were "weight loss… CONTINUE READING