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).



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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.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2019). Bipolar Disorder Screening Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 19, 2020, from


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Last updated: 11 Apr 2019
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Apr 2019
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