SIGECAPSSleep, Interest, Guilt, Energy, Concentration, Appetite, Psychomotor, Suicidal (mnemonic for characteristics of major depression)
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The SIGECAPS mnemonic (sleep, interest, guilt, energy, concentration, appetite changes, psychomotor agitation or retardation, suicidality) can help you recall the neurovegetative symptoms in the depression criteria.
The depressed "patient" presented with six of the seven SIGECAPS (sleep disturbance, decreased interest, guilt, reduced energy, inability to concentrate, poor appetite, and psychomotor retardation) and omitted suicidal ideation as too indicative (American Psychiatric Association 1994).
Endicott changed several of the criteria while maintaining the requirement that four or more SIGECAPS criteria be met.
Plus, the patient must meet at least four of eight additional criteria that some physicians remember using the acronym SIGECAPS. Dr.