Bipolar Disorders Clinic

Mood Disorders Questionnaire*

Instructions: Please answer each question as best you can.  Upon completing this form, print your completed form and take it to your health care practitioner.

Has there ever been a period of time when you were not your usual self and (while not using drugs or alcohol) ...

  Yes No 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? were so irritable that you shouted at people or started fights or arguments? felt much more self-confident than usual? got much less sleep than usual and found you didn't really miss it? were much more talkative or spoke faster than usual?

...thoughts raced through your head or you couldn't slow your mind down? were so easily distracted by things around you that you had trouble concentrating or staying on track? had much more energy than usual? were much more active or did many more things than usual? were much more social or outgoing than usual; for example, you telephoned friends in the middle of the night? were much more interested in sex than usual? did things that were unusual for you or that other people might have thought were excessive, foolish, or risky?

...spending money got you or your family into trouble?


If you checked YES to more than one of the above, have several of these ever happened during at least a four day 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?

No Problem

Minor Problem

Moderate Problem

Serious Problem


*Mood Disorders Questionnaire reprinted from: Hirschfeld RM, Williams JB, Spitzer RL, et al. Development and validation of a screening instrument for bipolar spectrum disorder: the Mood Disorder Questionnaire. Am J Psychiatry. 2000 Nov;157(11):1873-5.

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