How should mood and treatment response be monitored in patients with major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Monitoring of mood and treatment response can be done during the clinical interview with use of the screening tools mentioned earlier (see Presentation) and, in pediatric or elderly patients, with collateral interviews with the family or caregiver. The 2011 APA guideline supports the use of rating-scale tools such as the PHQ-9 for evaluating the ongoing success of the treatment plan. [8]

The patient’s functional status and ability to perform activities of daily living should be evaluated at every visit. Suicidal ideation should be evaluated at each visit and between visits when indicated.


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