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Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia

The Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (SADS) is a semistructured diagnostic interview tool that uses criteria and symptom rating scales for evaluating and diagnosing mood and psychotic disorders, with a primary focus on affective disorders and schizophrenia. Created in 1978 by the Research Diagnostic Criteria Group (with primary researchers Robert Spitzer and Jean Endicott), the SADS was developed to help establish an agreed-on set of standards for collecting information to make individual diagnoses. This agreed-on set of standards was deemed essential as researchers found it difficult to consult on cases and compare research results due to a lack of collective consensus regarding research methodologies and diagnostic criteria of psychotic and mood disorders.

The design of the SADS is organized in such a way as to ...

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