During a manic episode, you’re often full of constant energy. You may talk faster than usual, feel “wired,” or do a lot of different activities at once.

Manic episodes — aka mania — are one component of bipolar disorder, particularly bipolar I.

During an episode of mania, you may feel like you can do anything. But symptoms and behaviors of mania can have risks. For instance, you may spend more money than usual, make risky investments, or take on more things than you can handle.

A manic episode can last up to 1 week, meaning you have symptoms most of the time during that entire week.

You can use our brief test to help you determine if you may need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of mania or bipolar disorder, or for tracking your manic episodes on a regular basis.

Only a mental health professional or psychiatrist can diagnose mania — this screening test is meant to help you figure out if you might benefit from seeing such a professional for further help.


You can use this quiz on a weekly basis to track your moods. You may want to use it to show your doctor how your symptoms have changes from one visit to the next.

Changes of 5 or more points are significant, but this scale isn’t designed to make a diagnosis of mania or take the place of a professional diagnosis.

If you suspect you have mania, consider reaching out to a mental health professional as soon as possible.

The 18 items below refer to how you’ve felt and behaved DURING THE PAST WEEK. For each item, indicate the extent to which it’s true by checking the appropriate box next to the item.

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This online screening is not a diagnostic tool. Only a trained medical professional, like a doctor or mental health professional, can help you determine the next best steps for you.

This quiz can’t replace a clinical diagnosis. If you believe you might have bipolar disorder or another condition after taking this test, consider reaching out to a qualified professional about your symptoms.

Want to learn more? You can read in-depth on manic episodes here.