Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia Calculator

A. Mood-related symptoms
1. Anxiety, anxious expression, ruminations, worries
2. Sadness, sad expression, sad voice, tearfulness
3. Lack of reaction to pleasant events
4. Irritability, easily upset, moody
B. Behavioral problems
5. Restless, can't sit still, squirms, pulls hair out
6. Slowness, slowness of movements, verbal flow, reactions
7. Numerous somatic complaints (score 0 if exclusive gastrointestinal symptoms are present)

8. Loss of interest, less involvement in usual activities (rate only if a change occurred abruptly, less than a month ago)
C. Somatic symptoms
9. Loss of appetite, eating less than usual
10. Weight loss, (rate 2 if more than 2.5 kg in 1 month)
11. Lack of energy, tires easily, unable to sustain activity (rate only if a change occurred abruptly, i.e. less than a month ago)
Cyclic functions
12.Mood swings throughout the day, symptoms worse in the morning
13. Difficulty falling asleep, later than usual
14. Frequent nocturnal awakenings
15. Early morning awakening, earlier than usual
Ideational disorders
16. Suicide, thinks life is not worth living, wishes to die
17. Self-deprecation, self-blame, low self-esteem, sense of failure
18. Pessimism, the anticipation of the worst
19. Mood-congruent delusions, delusions of poverty, illness, or loss



Result :

number of 'a':

Definition of Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia

This scale was developed to facilitate the detection of depression in people whose syndrome

insane is already installed, with a Mini-Mental State Examination < 15.

The examiner must try to ask it in direct questioning with the patient for about ten minutes, but also in hetero-evaluation with his family for about twenty minutes.

Interpretation of the result: Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia

Assessments should be based on symptoms and signs present during the week prior to the interview.

No points should be awarded if the symptoms are secondary to physical infirmity or disease.

Each item must be scored and added up according to the following score:

a = impossible to evaluate  0 = absent 1 = moderate or intermittent 2 = severe.

The threshold score to think of a depressive syndrome is 10.