Self-Assessment for Bipolar Disorder

Painite is using the Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ). The MDQ was developed by a team of psychiatrists, researchers and consumer advocates to address a critical need for timely and accurate diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Has there ever been a period of time when you were not your usual self and...

1. felt so good or so hyper that other people thought you were not your normal self or you were so hyper that you got into trouble?

2. were so irritable that you shouted at people or started fights or arguments?

3. felt much more self-confident than usual?

4. got much less sleep than usual and found that you didn’t really miss it?

5. were more talkative or spoke much faster than usual?

6. ...thoughts raced through your head or you couldn’t slow your mind down?

7. were so easily distracted by things around you that you had trouble concentrating or staying on track?

8. had more energy than usual?

9. were much more active or did many more things than usual?

10. were much more social or outgoing than usual, for example, you telephoned friends in the middle of the night?

11. were much more interested in sex than usual?

12. did things that were unusual for you or that other people might have thought were excessive, foolish, or risky?

13. ...spending money got you or your family in trouble?

If you checked YES to more than one of the above, have several of these ever happened during the same period of time?

How much of a problem did any of these cause you - like being unable to work; having family, money or legal troubles; getting into arguments or fights?

Please be noted that this questionnaire can be used to show your doctor how your symptoms have changed from one visit to the next. Changes of five or more points are significant. This scale is not designed to make a diagnosis of Bipolar syndrome or take the place of a professional diagnosis. If you suspect that you suffer from symptoms please consult a mental health professional as soon as possible.