Screening for Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

This questionnaire is a designed to screen for the possibility of a disorder in the bipolar spectrum in individuals, 18 or older, who have had at least one depression severe enough to have caused them distress and/or interfered with their functioning at home, work, school or in their interpersonal relationships.

Print out the questionnaire below and indicate your answers. Information on how to interpret the results follows the questionnaire.

                                         GBSS 6.0

Plrease indicate how true each of the the following items has been for you by circling one 
of the numbers that follows it. Please use the following scale:

0 = Not at all                1 = Just a little             2 = Somewhat 

3 = Moderately                4 = Quite a lot               5 = Very much


1. At times I am MUCH more talkative or speak MUCH faster than usual.	
0  1  2  3  4  5

2. There have been times when I was MUCH more active or did MANY more 
things than usual.								
0  1  2  3  4  5

3. I get into moods where I feel VERY speeded up or irritable.		
0  1  2  3  4  5

4. There have been times when I have felt both high (elated) and low 
(depressed) AT THE SAME TIME. 					
0  1  2  3  4  5

5. At times I have been MUCH more interested in sex than usual.	
0  1  2  3  4  5

6. My self-confidence ranges from GREAT self-doubt to EQUALLY GREAT 
0  1  2  3  4  5

7. There have been GREAT variations in the quantity or quality of my work.										
0  1  2  3  4  5

8. FOR NO OBVIOUS REASON I sometimes have been VERY angry or hostile.										
0  1  2  3  4  5

9. Sometimes I am mentally dull and at other times I think VERY creatively.							
0  1  2  3  4  5

10. At times I am GREATLY interested in being with people and at other times 
I just want to be left alone with my thoughts.	
0  1  2  3  4  5

11. At some times I have GREAT optimism and at other times EQUALLY GREAT pesssimism.					
0  1  2  3  4  5

12. Some of the time I show MUCH tearfulness and crying and at other times I
laugh and joke EXCESSIVELY.			
0  1  2  3  4  5

                      Copyright (C) 2003, 2009  Ivan Goldberg, MD

How to interpret your score

Remember that a psychiatric diagnosis can only be made by a psychiatrist after a full psychiatric evaluation.

This questionnaire is valid ONLY if you are 18 or older and have had a depression severe enough to have caused distress and/or interfered with your functioning in one or more important areas of life such as home, work, school, or interpersonal relationships. Add up the scores you have given each of the 12 items. Individuals with total scores of 15 or less are most likely suffering from Major (unipolar) Depression.

Those scoring between 16 and 24 may have either major depression or a disorder in the bipolar spectrum.

Those scoring 25 or more have a high probability of having a bipolar spectrum disorder.

Please email us Please take a moment and email us. with any comments or suggestions you have regarding this screening scale.

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Revised 20 February 2009