This is the world-famous BDI for assessing depression levels. It was never intended to be a diagnostic tool, but you can get symptom indicators. This tool is intended for SP clinicians and NOT intended for research use (better to use the BDI-II, which is copywritten). It's simply a quick way for a clinician to get some data about the client's level of depression, areas of focus, and topics for conversation. It provides useful information for creating a treatment plan. Health plans LOVE IT when you include these assessments with the client's record as part of a clinical review. It validates a course of treatment and may assist in helping you get on-going reimbursement for treatment.