Bipolar Disorder Test

 

 bipolar disorderDo you feel like you are on a prolonged emotional roller coaster? If there are periods in your life when you are soaring high and times when you can’t imagine feeling any lower, you may be suffering from bipolar disorder. Take this quiz to learn more about the disorder and how your symptoms might compare. No matter what the results show, consult your doctor if you have any concerns about your mental or physical health.

As you consider these questions, answer them according to how you feel when you aren’t feeling like your normal self (whether high, low, or even both simultaneously), rather than how you would consider your “normal self” to be.

The Bipolar Disorder Test:

1. Have you ever been able to get less sleep than usual and find that you don’t need it?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

2. Do you sometimes feel a deep sense of helplessness?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

3. Are your thoughts ever racing or disjointed, to the point that you can’t slow your mind down?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

4. Do you ever have trouble making decisions, even simple ones?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

5. Do you ever find yourself more talkative or do you speak more quickly than usual?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

6. Do you ever face a huge lack of motivation or trouble concentrating on the task at hand?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

7. Do you do a lot of impulsive spending from time to time?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

8. Do you ever feel tired, fatigued, or lethargic for no apparent reason?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

9. Are you at times much more interested in sex than usual?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

10. Are you at times much less interested in sex than usual?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

11. Have there ever been times when you were much more physically active than usual?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

12. Do you ever struggle with periods of extreme self-doubt?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

13. Do you do things that would normally be considered unusual or risky for you?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

14. Have you ever lost your appetite or your basic desire to eat for a prolonged period of time, maybe a week or more?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

15. Do you ever sense that your self-confidence higher than it normally is?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

16. Have you ever had a serious bout of pessimism or hopelessness that you just couldn’t shake?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

17. Have you ever felt the confidence to take on much larger or ambitious projects than you normally would?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

18. Are you ever extremely irritable, to the point of hostility or explosiveness?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

19. Do you ever have weeks when you are on the verge of tears, or you spontaneously start crying, without a specific cause?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

20. Have you ever felt both high (energetic, elated) and low (depressed, hopeless) at the same time?
A. Sometimes
B. Never

RESULTS

If you answered mostly A, you may be experiencing the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Many patients with bipolar disorder experience the “high” of mania, or manic episodes, lasting about a week at a time, as well as the “low” of depression, generally lasting about two weeks. In between episodes, many people are in their “normal” state, though sometimes symptoms of either mania or depression may linger. A rapid bipolar cycle involves four or more episodes occurring in a year; most cases of bipolar disorder do not fall into this rapid cycle and the mood shifts occur once or twice a year, if not less frequently.

If you answered mostly A to the even-number questions and mostly B to the odd-number questions, you maybe suffering from major depressive disorder and not bipolar disorder. Major depressive disorder, also known as unipolar depression or clinical depression, affects millions of people worldwide. The depression episodes present in bipolar disorder share the same characteristics as major depressive disorder, but patients with MDD do not have the manic episodes that those with bipolar disorder have.

If you answered mostly B, you are likely not exhibiting the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

If your results indicate mood and behavior patterns indicative of bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder, be sure to consult your doctor or mental health professional as soon as possible to get a full evaluation and to learn about possible treatment options. This test is intended for education purposes only and it is not meant to replace an evaluation from a health professional. No matter what your results are with this test, consult your doctor as soon as possible if you have any significant questions or concerns about the state of your mental health. Early intervention is often the best form of treatment, and your doctor can help you get any help you need.

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