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Sept. 22, 2019. [Medical education] - Mnemonics are useful devices for learning and quick recall of knowledge generally.
In both medical education and mental health practice fields, three different mnemonics are available for medical students and mental health practitioners for learning and ready recall of the diagnostic symptoms of depression
1. “SIG - E – CAPS”: This mnemonic or acronym is commonly used to diagnose depression in the United States of America and represents:
2. “C-GASP-DIE”. An acclaimed improvement on “SIG-E-CAPS” is the mnemonic or acronym “C-GASP-DIE” representing the following depression symptoms
3. "DEPRESSION". A third and simple mnemonic consists of the 10 letters of the word depression and represent the 10 symptoms described in the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases:
Credit: Paul Blenkiron
World Health Organization. The ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioural disorders. Geneva: WHO, 1992: 119-131.
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