Rating Scales

Mood Tests

These tests help identify bipolar or mixed features in a depression, which is a common cause of worsening on antidepressats:

Hypomanic Check List-32

Mood Disorder Questionnaire

Rating Scales

Treatment Update Form
This allows you to rate symptoms relevant to medication treatment. It’s a simple scale, but research has actually found that using it can double the chance of recovery. We also have a version for Friends and Relatives to complete.

Therapy Update Form
Much as a fit-bit tracks your step, our Therapy Update Form track positive changes you’ve made in your life. Many of these lifestyle changes bring benefits that build up slowly over time. In the office, we use these to create mood maps that show the long-term effects of their lifestyle on mood and well-being.

Mood Charts

Mood charts were developed at the National Institutes of Health to help monitor medication response. They also can detect important signs that require a change of treatment, such as rapid cycling, when there are four or more mood episodes a year.:

mood chart (Dr. Aiken’s version)

mood chart (same as above, but allows room for daily notes)

iPhone App (in your iPhone, search for the free app “MyMoods”)

Optimism (electronic version)

MedHelp (click on “Track you health” for free internet-based program)

Other diagnostic tests

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity (ADHD) Test

Anxiety Tests

Asbergers and Autism Spectrum Self-Test

Chris Aiken, MD, Updated 12/23/2016

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