@Corah That’s a good idea, but it’s not fully thought out. Suppose depressive ranges from 1 “slightly depressed” to 4 “severely depressed”, and manic ranges from 1 “slightly manic” to 4 “severely manic”. What will normal 1 and 4 mean? “Slightly normal” and “extremely normal” seem meaningless.

How about a single labeled scale instead? Negative numbers for depression, positive for mania, and zero for normal would make sense to me, but I don’t know if everyone is comfortable with negative numbers, and besides, it would be all too easy to leave off the minus sign and accidentally report 3 “very manic” when you meant -3 “very depressed”.

## So what would you think of something like this?

## 1 severely depressed

2 very depressed

3 somewhat depressed

4 slightly depressed

5 normal

6 slightly manic

7 somewhat manic

8 very manic

9 severely manic

Of course this is only an example of one way a “two-ended” scale like this could be set up. Note that it only goes from 1 to 9, not 10; in order to be symmetrical and for “normal” to be a single value, it must have an odd number of values.