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Table 1 Range of response options for HDSR-17, MADRS and BDI suicide items

From: Suicidal ideation during treatment of depression with escitalopram and nortriptyline in Genome-Based Therapeutic Drugs for Depression (GENDEP): a clinical trial

Scale Score Meaning
HRSD-17 0 Absent
  1 Feels life is not worth living
  2 Wishes he/she were dead, or any thought of possible death to self
  3 Suicide ideas or half-hearted attempt
  4 Attempts suicide
MADRS 0 to 1 Enjoys life or take it as it comes
  2 to 3 Weary of life. Only fleeting suicidal thoughts.
  4 to 5 Probably better off dead. Suicidal thoughts are common, and suicide is considered as a possible solution, but without specific plans or intentions.
  6 Explicit plans for suicide when there is an opportunity. Active preparation of suicide
BDI 0 Absent
  1 Thought of killing myself
  2 I would like to kill myself
  3 I would like to kill myself if I had a chance
  1. BDI = Beck Depression Inventory; HRSD = Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression; MADRS = Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale.