Bipolar Disorder Screening Test

Use this brief bipolar self-test to help you determine if you may need to see a mental health professional for possible help with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder symptoms are characterized by a person cycling between extreme mood swings — mania (or hypomania) and depression — over a long period of time. Bipolar disorder can sometimes be confused with clinical depression. This bipolar test can help you see if seeking mental health treatment might be helpful.

For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. This takes most people about 2 minutes to complete. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.


I am a year old / /

Symptoms of Depression

1. I’ve had a significant loss of interest and pleasure in most things.

2. My appetite or weight has changed a lot (gain or loss).

3. I’ve had great trouble sleeping, or I sleep all the time.

4. I am agitated all the time, or feel physically “slow” in my body movements (walking, getting up, etc.).

5. I suffer from low energy or fatigue.

6. I feel hopeless or helpless.

7. I have a hard time concentrating or paying attention to most things.

8. I’ve had suicidal thoughts or thoughts of killing myself.

9. In addition to the above depressive feelings, I’ve also had times where I’ve felt like I could do anything, like I had boundless energy, racing thoughts, or times where I felt extremely “up” (and these weren’t times of just feeling happy or ordinary happiness).



Learn More About Bipolar Disorder

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are characterized by cycles between depression and mania. A person with this disorder has experienced at least one episode of depression and also experienced at least one episode of mania or hypomania. A manic episode is characterized by, for over a week at a time, feelings of: hyperactivity, irritability (especially in younger people), racing thoughts, needing little sleep, and an overall sense of happiness and ability to accomplish anything, instantly. A hypomanic episode is characterized by similar symptoms, but they only need be present for four (4) or more days.

A depressive episode is similar to that experienced and diagnosed for clinical depression, and is characterized by loneliness or sadness, lack of energy or interest in things, and lack of pleasure in things that normally bring a person joy or happiness. There is often an overwhelming sense of hopelessness during a depressive episode.

The cycling of depression can be fast or slow; some people can cycle between episodes within days, while others may have weeks or even months in-between different episodes.

Learn more: Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Learn more: Causes of bipolar disorder

Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is typically treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Medication is used to keep a person with this condition maintain more consistent moods, keeping future manic or hypomanic episodes at bay. Treatment for the depressive episodes tends to be more complicated. Most people with this disorder usually find a personalized medication regimen that works for them, one that often needs to be maintained through a person’s lifetime (much like a person with diabetes takes insulin throughout their life).

Learn more: Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Living with Bipolar Disorder

For most people with this condition, it is a chronic concern. Therefore, learning the best ways to cope and maintain their lifestyle can be helpful to people with this disorder. We’ve compiled an amazing list of resources and tips on how to live with bipolar disorder successfully, throughout every stage of one’s life.

Learn more: Living with bipolar disorder


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National Institute of Mental Health. (2019). Bipolar disorder. Retrieved from on May 22, 2020.


Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

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Last updated: 2 Jun 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 2 Jun 2020
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