Online Bipolar Disorder Quiz

Do I have Bipolar Disorder? Take Our Free Online Bipolar Quiz

Thank you for pursuing better mental health! Our online bipolar disorder quiz consists of 12 statements and should take you 5 minutes to complete.

Instructions

Please answer each statement carefully and choose one correlating statement that best describes the way you've felt or behaved much of your life. This online bipolar disorder quiz is a screening measure that can help you determine whether you might have bipolar disorder that requires professional help.

To get the most accurate results, you should be 18+ and have had at least one episode of depression in your life. Try to best answer each statement how you usually have been.

It’s important to note: These results are not a diagnosis and this quiz is not a diagnostic tool. However, you may benefit from a consultation with a licensed mental health professional if you are experiencing difficulties in daily life. Mental health disorders should only be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional.

Too often people stop short of seeking help due to fears that their concerns are not severe enough to warrant professional help. We urge you to reach out to a licensed professional after taking our online anxiety test.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please dial 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255

Please choose the frequency or extent you've experienced each of the following in your life:

There are times I feel HIGHLY angry or aggressive.
There are times that I feel highly energetic or wired and am really active
Depending on my mood, there are massive BIG variations in the quantity and quality of my work depending on the mood that I'm in.
There are times I feel highly optimistic and other times I feel greatly pessimistic.
I go through phases where I am both depressed (lows) and elated (highs).
There are times when I am MUCH more talkative or speak MUCH faster than usual.
There are times I am very social and other times I am very antisocial.
There are times that I have HIGH self-doubt and other times I have equally HIGH overconfidence.
I go through phases of feeling irritable or speeded up.
There are times that I have been MUCH more interested in sex than at other times.
There are times where I cry more than normal and other times I feel happier than normal or laugh more than normal.
There are times I have very creative thinking and other times of I have mental dullness.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes a person to have extremely ups (known as mania or hypomania) and downs (depression).

When in a state of depression, a person often feels sadness or hopelessness and may lose interest in activities they once loved.  Alternatively, in a state of mania or hypomania (less extreme version of mania), a person's mood shifts from sadness to euphoria. During the mania state, a person often is often full of energy but unusually irritable.

The mood swings from depressive to mania (or hypomania) can can affect many aspects of a person's life including their sleep patterns, energy levels, judgement, behavior, and their ability to think clearly.

DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Bipolar Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or DSM-5, outlines that to qualify for a bipolar disorder diagnosis, a person must have experienced at least one episode of mania or hypomania, as well as a major depressive episode.

To be considered mania, a person's elevated or irritable mood must last at least one week long and be present most of the day, almost every day. During this one week period, at least three of the following symptoms must be present and be a significant change from a person's typical behavior. These symptoms include:

• A decreased need or desire for sleep
• Thoughts that are racing
• Being very distracted very easily
• Having overly high self-esteem or gradiosity
• An increase in goal-directed activity or agitation
• Being overly talkative
• Doing activities without regard to painful consequences, such as irrational gambling

The other part of bipolar disorder is having a major depressive episode, which often results in a lowly mood and/or loss of interest in activities once loved. According to the DSM-5, a person must experience at least five symptoms in two week span to be diagnosed with a major depressive episode. These symptoms include:

• Feeling fatigue or loss of energy
• Having a hard time thinking or concentrating, or being unusually indecisive
• Feelings of guilt or low value
• Thoughts of suicide, death, or suicide ideation
• Moving without purpose, such as pacing around a room
• Losing a significant amount of weight or decrease/increase in appetite
• Having a loss of interest in all or almost all activities once enjoyed
• A down or depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day

Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar disorder is best treated by a medical professional who treats mental health conditions, such as a psychiatrist. Other mental health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, or psychiatric nurses can be a part of your treatment team as well.

If you need help, there is hope! Reach out to a mental health professional that treats bipolar disorder.

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