The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) was originally designed by Max Hamilton in 1960 but has gone through many revisions over the years. This scale is based on a set of questions which can be used to provide an indication of depression and thus, to guide the recovery.
The questions provided relate to mood, feelings of guilt, suicide ideation, insomnia, agitation, anxiety, weight loss and somatic symptoms.
Each question relates to a 3 or 5 point scale which are then tallied up to a final score number. This assessment takes about 20 minutes.
Click on link below for a PDF of the HRSD –