Rating scores are often used in mental health and neurology to give objective values when assessing symptoms or changes in cognitive function. Additionally, some rating scores are utilized to assess the severity of medication side effects or risks associated with these agents.

  • What scales and assessments are commonly utilized in bipolar disorder?1
  • Where can I find information about movement disorder rating scales?2
  • Where can I find detailed descriptions of many rating scores?3
  • What are the relative risks of different anticholinergic effects of medications?4
  • How can I assess for alcohol cravings in my patients?5
  • Where can I access a library of psychiatric clinical scales, tests and forms?6
  • What books that address rating scales used in psychiatry and mental health?7-9


  1. The STAndards for BipoLar Excellence Project (STABLE) resource toolkit. [Weblink]. Includes scales and assessments for depression screening, bipolar disorder screening, substance use screening and assessment, suicide risk assessment, side effects monitoring, symptom monitoring, and level of function assessment
  2. Drug-induced movement disorders: A clinical guide to rating scales. CPNP. [Weblink]
  3. McDowell I. Measuring Health: A Guide to Rating Scales and Questionnaires, Third Edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2006. [Weblink]
  4. Carnahan R. The anticholinergic drug scale: Summary of use and validation as of June 2009. [Weblink]
  5. Kavanagh DJ, Statham DJ, Feeney GFX, Young RM, May J, Andrade J, et al. Measurement of alcohol craving. Addict Behav. 2013;38(2):1572-1584. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.08.004. PubMed PMID: 23142210.
  6. Psychiatric rating scales. Psychiatric Times [Weblink]. Purchase/subscription required
  7. Baer L and Blais MA (Eds).  Handbook of Clinical Rating Scales and Assessment in Psychiatry and Mental Health.  New York, NY: Humana Press; 2010. [Weblink]. Purchase/subscription required
  8. Sajatovic M and Ramirez LF (Eds).  Rating Scales in Mental Health 2nd ed.  USA: Lexi-Comp; 2003. Purchase/subscription required
  9. CPNP Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review 2018-2019. [Weblink]