The Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale is a short, 5-item self-assessment questionnaire that can be helpful in assessing the presence and severity of manic or hypomanic symptoms. Because this scale is compatible with the CARS-M, YMRS, and DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, it can be used effectively as a screening and diagnostic instrument despite its brevity.
There are 5 groups of statements in this questionnaire, read each group of statements carefully. You should choose the statement in each group that best describes the way you have been feeling for the past week.
Please note: The word “occasionally” when used here means once or twice; “often” means several times or more and “frequently” means most of the time.
EG Altman, D Hedeker, JL Peterson, JM Davis. The Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale. 42: Biol Psychiatry 948-955.
EG Altman, D Hedeker, JL Peterson, JM Davis. A Comparative Evaluation of Three Self-Rating Scales for Acute Mania. 50(6): Biol Psychiatry 468-471.
STABLE National Coordinating Council Resource Toolkit Workgroup. STABLE Resource Toolkit 50-51. Last accessed: