Screening Instruments for Depression in Neurologic Disorders: Their Application in the Clinic and in Research

Andres M. Kanner, Angela Strobel Parsons

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Depressive disorders (DDs) are relatively common in most major neurologic disorders, including epilepsy, stroke, dementias, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. These DDs have a negative impact on the course and response to therapy of the neurologic disorder. Yet, DDs remain underrecognized and undertreated. The use of screening instruments can help overcome this major problem. However, caution must be exerted in the interpretation of instruments developed for primary DDs, as several somatic and cognitive symptoms that are common in primary DDs may be the expression of symptoms of the neurologic disorder or of adverse events of pharmacotherapy. Furthermore, DDs associated with some neurologic disorders may differ in their semiology. Thus, it is desirable to have depression scales validated for each neurologic disorder. Fortunately, most instruments appear to yield comparable acceptable sensitivities and specificities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDepression in Neurologic Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnosis and Management
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781444330588
StatePublished - Jul 4 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer's dementia
  • Beck Depression Inventory
  • Epilepsy
  • Hospital Anxiety and Depression Screening
  • Interictal dysphoric disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Poststroke depression
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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