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Mood Disorder Questionnaire

About the Questionnaire

This questionnaire was developed to help you recognize the signs of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a complicated illness and no single questionnaire or test can be used to accurately diagnose this illness. Accurate diagnosis is obtained only through a thorough evaluation with a physician. This questionnaire is a good first step in discovering if you might have this illness but it is not meant to take the place of an evaluation by a physician or a mental health professional.

A positive result from this questionnaire suggests that you could benefit from a comprehensive mental health screening. However, regardless of the results of this survey, if you have concerns, contact your physician and/or a mental health professional. For advice about specific treatments or medications, you should also consult your physician and/or a mental health professional.

The Mood Disorder Questionnaire (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, which can be fatal if left untreated. The questionnaire takes about five minutes to complete, and can provide important insights into diagnosis and treatment. Clinical trials have indicated that the MDQ has a high rate of accuracy; it is able to identify seven out of ten people who have bipolar disorder and screen out nine out of ten people who do not.

A recent National DMDA survey revealed that nearly 70% of people with bipolar disorder had received at least one misdiagnosis and many had waited more than 10 years from the onset of their symptoms before receiving a correct diagnosis. National DMDA hopes that the MDQ will shorten this delay and help more people to get the treatment they need, when they need it.

The MDQ screens for Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, (which includes Bipolar I, Bipolar II and Bipolar NOS).

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Special thanks to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for content usage.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: This instrument was developed by a committee composed of the following individuals: Chairman, Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, MD -- University of Texas Medical Branch; Joseph R. Calabrese, MD -- Case Western Reserve School of Medicine; Laurie Flynn -- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD -- University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Lydia Lewis -- National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association; Robert M. Post, MD -- National Institute of Mental Health; Gary S. Sachs, MD -- Harvard University School of Medicine; Robert L. Spitzer, MD -- Columbia University; Janet Williams, DSW -- Columbia University and John M. Zajecka, MD -- Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.