Young Mania Rating Scale
The Young Mania Rating Scale (abbreviated YMRS) is an eleven-item, multiple-choice diagnostic questionnaire which psychiatrists use to measure the severity of manic episodes in patients. It was first published in 1978.
The scale was originally developed for use in the evaluation of adult patients who were suffering from bipolar disorder, but has since been modified for use in pediatric patients. A similar scale was then developed to allow clinicians to interview parents about their children's symptoms, in order to ascertain a better diagnosis of mania in children. Clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the parent version of the scale.
- Young RC, Biggs JT, Ziegler VE, Meyer DA (Nov 1978). "A rating scale for mania: reliability, validity and sensitivity". Br J Psychiatry 133 (5): 429–35. doi:10.1192/bjp.133.5.429. PMID 728692.
- Discriminative validity of a parent version of the Young Mania Rating Scale from PubMed
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