Bipolar Disorder Quiz
Bipolar Disorder Test

Bipolar Disorder Quiz is a simple bipolar disorder test and bipolar disorder self-test to answer "Am I bipolar?"


The bipolar disorder quiz or bipolar disorder self-test was developed by Dr Ronald Pies of the Harvard University Medical School to help with diagnosis. It is also now used by patients to answer "Am I bipolar", and as a starting point in their discussions with their doctors.

You may find this bipolar disorder test a useful exercise but please remember that this is not a substitute for professional opinion and advice.

Bipolar Disorder Quiz

Please read through all the statements at once, then read the instructions that follow:

    You notice that your mood or energy levels shift drastically from time to time.

    You notice that, at times, your mood and/or energy levels are very low, and at other times, very high.

    During your "low phases" you often feel a lack of energy; a need to stay in bed or get extra sleep; and little or no motivation to do things that you need to do.

    You often put on weight during these periods.

    During your low phases you often feel "blue", sad all the time, or depressed.

    Sometimes during these low phases you feel hopeless or even suicidal.

    Your ability to function at work or socially is impaired.

    Typically, these low phases last for a few weeks, but sometimes they last only a few days.

    You may experience a period of "normal" mood in between mood swings, during which your mood and energy levels feel "right" and your ability to function is not disturbed.

    You may then notice a marked shift or "switch" in the way you feel.

    Your energy increases above what is normal for you, and you often get many things done that you would not ordinarily be able to do.

    Sometimes, during these high periods, you feel as if you have too much energy or feel "hyper".

    Sometimes, during these high periods, you may feel irritable, "on edge", or aggressive.

    Sometimes, during these high periods, you take on too many activities at once.

    During these high periods, you may spend money in ways that cause you trouble.

    You may be more talkative, outgoing, or sexual during these periods.

    Sometimes, your behaviour during these high periods seems strange or annoying to others.

    Sometimes you get into difficulty with co-workers or the police, during these high periods.

    Sometimes you increase your alcohol or non-prescription drug use during these high periods.

Now that you have read this passage in the Bipolar Disorder Quiz, please tick one of the four following boxes:

    This story fits me very well, or almost perfectly........................

    This story fits me fairly well..................................................

    This story fits me to some degree, but not in most respects........

    This story really doesn't describe me at all...............................


Now go back and put a tick next to each sentence in the Bipolar Disorder Test that definitely describes you.

Score one Point for each sentence ticked.

Then, to this score, add the following (depending on which of the above four boxes you ticked):

Add 6 points if you ticked "fits me very well or almost perfectly"

Add 4 points if you ticked "fits me fairly well"

Add 2 points if you ticked "fits me some degree, but not in most respects"

Add 0 points if you ticked "doesn't really describe me at all"

Your total score in the Bipolar Disorder Test ----------

Compare your score with this guide to assess likelihood of bipolar disorder:

1 - 6 Highly unlikely

7 - 12 Low probability

13 - 19 Moderate possibility

20 - 25 High probability

Take note that bipolar disorder shares symptoms with a number of other medical and neurological conditions. If you score high on this bipolar disorder quiz, you might not have bipolar depression but may need medical help with some other condition.

Bipolar depression disorder is treatable and you can be helped and start living everyday better!


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