Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS)


The purpose of each item is to rate the severity of that abnormality in the patient. When several keys are given for a particular grade of severity, the presence of only one is required to qualify for that rating.

The keys provided are guides. One can ignore the keys if that is necessary to indicate severity, although this should be the exception rather than the rule.

Scoring between the points given (whole or half points) is possible and encouraged after experience with the scale is acquired. This is particularly useful when the severity of a particular item in a patient does not follow the progression indicated by the keys.

Specify one of the reasons listed below by putting the appropriate number in the adjacent box.