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DISCs - Depression Intensity Scale Circles

These scales have been developed and adapted for use in the assessment of people with brain injuries and symptoms of depression. Generally, people who can understand instructions and can identify correctly the highest, lowest and mid-point on the NGRS prefer to use this scale. The DISCs is designed to be intuitive for people with more profound cognitive and language problems. The DISCs is displayed on a laminated card. Each circle is 2 cm in diameter. The scale measures 15 cm from the centre of the bottom circle to the centre of the top circle. A pictorial version also available to download below.

Further details on the assessment and management of depression in the context of brain injury are available in:

"Concise guidance for the use of anti-depressant medication in adults undergoing recovery and rehabilitation following acquired brain injury."

Guidelines prepared by the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and the British Geriatrics Society. Published by the Royal College of Physicians, London 2005.

The DISCs may be freely used and copied, but please cite the DISCs source reference (PDF, 99kb), which also gives details of evaluation of validity and repeatability.

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