Do You Have Bipolar Disorder? Test

Use this bipolar disorder 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. Bipolar symptoms for most people include episodes of mania (or hypomania) interspersed with episodes of clinical depression. These episodes cause significant distress and problems in a person’s life, and aren’t just passing feelings.

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness, but there are successful bipolar disorder treatments available for those who need help.

This is a screening test; only a psychiatrist or licensed mental health professional can make an accurate diagnosis of this disorder.

For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. This takes most people about 3-4 minutes to complete. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.


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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John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2019). Do You Have Bipolar Disorder? Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 30, 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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