About Information for the Cornell Scale for Dementia
- Questions here involve the patient's mood, including anxiety, sadness and irritability levels. The patient's evolving reaction to pleasant events is also gauged.
- Behavioral disturbances are also indicative of depression. Questions here pertain to whether the patient is agitated, has lost interest, or has decreased speech or motor response.
- This part of the interview is designed to determine if any physical changes have occurred, including decrease in appetite or weight loss, or if the patient suffers from a lack of energy.
- This section determines whether the body's cyclical functions have changed. Changes would include difficulty falling asleep or multiple awakenings during the night.
- This section of the interview determines if the patient has suicidal thoughts, or suffers from pessimism or low self-esteem.
- The CSDD consists of 19 questions. Each response is scored as follows:
a - Unable to evaluate
0 - Absent
1 - Mild to Intermittent
2 - Severe
A score greater than 12 indicates probable depression.