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Global Depression Scale (GDS)

GDS by Dr. David H Chan, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster Unviersity

Choose the best answer for how you have felt over the past week:

Yes / No

[] [] 1. Are you basically satisfied with your life?
[] [] 2. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests?
[] [] 3. Do you feel that your life is empty?
[] [] 4. Do you often get bored?
[] [] 5. Are you in good spirits most of the time?
[] [] 6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you?
[] [] 7. Do you feel happy most of the time?
[] [] 8. Do you often feel helpless?
[] [] 9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing new things?
[] [] 10. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most?
[] [] 11. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now
[] [] 12. Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now
[] [] 13. Do you feel full of energy?
[] [] 14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless?
[] [] 15. Do you think that most people are better off than you are?


TOTAL GDS:

(GDS maximum score = 15)

0-4 normal, depending on age, education, complaints
5-8 mild
8-11 moderate
12-15 severe

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