Standardized rating scales allow your clinicians to compare how you are doing to expected outcomes, allow them to identify unusual patterns of response and modify treatment in order to achieve the best outcomes.
Use of standardized rating scales is a best practice that is often not followed in clinical treatment settings because of the amount of time it takes. Having access to online surveys speeds up the collection and analysis of the data.
NOTE: None of these tools may be used unless you are currently in treatment with us (for one thing they will be useless as you won’t get any results, they are designed so that the results go to your clinician who will discuss them with you).
Among the tools that we use are –
- Initial patient survey – our comprehensive assessment tool incorporates the latest information from the current diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM5) on making psychiatric diagnoses. It also allows us to do a comprehensive assessment of possible medical conditions that could cause or worsen psychiatric symptoms.
- Depressive symptoms – Several measures of depressive symptoms such as the Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology Self Report, the Beck Depression Inventory 2, and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression.
- Suicidal thoughts – The Harkay Askins suicide survey. The Columbia Interim Survey instrument. The Suicide Self Rating Scale 7.
- Depression treatment – A survey to measure how well you are following our advice (Seven Steps) for how to minimize depression symptoms.
- Hypomania and Bipolar Disorder – the HCL-32 which is a useful tool for assessing hypomanic symptoms. A scale for measuring irritability. The Young Mania Rating Scale adapted for self assessment. The Altman Self Rating Scale for Mania.
- Anxiety – A scale for rating panic and agorophobia Symptoms. The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale. The Zung Anxiety Rating Scale.
- PTSD – the PTSD Checklist Civilian Version.
- Psychotic Symptoms – A clinician rating scale for symptoms of psychosis. A family rating scale for severe psychiatric symptoms based on the PANSS.
- ADHD Symptoms – A self report scale of ADHD symptoms.
- Eating Disorder Symptoms – A survey for assessing symptoms of eating disorders. The Eating Assessment Test.
- Sleep and Insomnia – An insomnia survey.
- Psychiatric Impairment – A scale for rating psychiatric impairment. The WHODAS self report scale for assessing overall functioning.
- Personality – A survey we created for assessing dimensions of personality which connects with the DSM5 list of personality disorders and traits. A Borderline Personality Disorder rating scale.
- Relationships – An attachment scale to help identify patterns in intimate relationships. As well as a scale used to estimate your partner’s attachment style.
- Collaboration – A scale to measure dimensions of the working relationship with a patient, designed to help us improve treatment response.
- Pre-visit survey – a survey that we send out to patients before their psychiatric appointments to help us track important aspects of care that can be missed in the course of a short appointment (medical symptoms, adverse reactions, etcetera).
- Career – A set of tools that we use in conjunction with the book What Color is Your Parachute.
- Medical symptoms – A survey of symptoms of hypothyroidism. A survey for assessing male sexual function. A scale for assessing fatigue. A scale for assessing rashes.
- Substance Use – The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale.