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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.

Instructions:
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.

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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.



 

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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References

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Caponigro, J.M. & Lee, E.H. (2012). Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. New Harbinger.

Fink, C. & Kraynak, J. (2015). Bipolar Disorder For Dummies. For Dummies, New York.

Miklowitz, D.J. & Gitlin, M.J. (2015). Clinician’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder. Guilford Press.

National Institute of Mental Health. (2019). Bipolar disorder. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml on May 22, 2020.

 

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.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2020). Do You Have Bipolar Disorder? Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 7, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/bipolar-test/

 

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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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