Do You Have Bipolar Disorder? Test

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Use this brief test to help you determine if you may need to see a mental health professional
for possible help with bipolar I or bipolar II disorder.

Instructions: For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. This takes most people about 5-7 minutes to complete. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.

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I am a year old / /

1. I've noticed an increase in my goal-directed activity, which consists of a great deal of planning or participation in multiple activities -- such as at work, in school, religious or sexual activities.



2. I find that my thoughts race faster in my head than I can express them to others.



3. Despite having no experience or particular talent, I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to, such as inventing something I know very little about or writing a hit single in pop music.



4. I engage in reckless activities -- such as driving, investing in businesses I know nothing about, shopping without any particular purpose or need, or engaging in sex with people I don't really know -- even though I realize these activities may result in very bad consequences for me.



5. Despite getting a lot less sleep than usual, I still feel rested and full of energy.



6. I have trouble following other people's conversations or instructions because I feel distracted by all the other things going on around me.



7. I often feel the need to speak, without regard to interrupting or intruding on to others' conversations, and don't much care if what I say isn't directly relevant to the conversation.



8. I feel like my mood is seriously elevated (like I'm excessively cheerful, high or "feeling on top of the world!") or extremely irritable -- and I have a lot more activity and energy that's present most of the day, every day.



 

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Last updated: 9 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 9 Nov 2017
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