Symptom Tests

[Self-Test] Bipolar Disorder in Adults

Could your intense mood swings — alternating between high-flying mania and deep depression — be a sign of bipolar disorder? Take this self-test to determine whether to see a professional to seek a diagnosis.

Reviewed by Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

Bipolar mood disorder (once called manic depression) is a very serious condition that is marked by extreme — and sometimes violent — mood swings. Patients with BMD typically cycle back and forth between euphoric mania and debilitating depression, each lasting for weeks at a time. BMD has several subtypes, the most common of which are Bipolar I and Bipolar II, which is often misdiagnosed as depression.

Bipolar disorder is highly genetic, and usually comes on in the late teens or early adulthood. It affects approximately 2.6 percent of the U.S. population — or roughly 5.7 million Americans. It’s found across all genders, races, ethnic groups, and income levels.

If you suffer from exaggerated psychological highs and lows, you may have bipolar disorder. Take this screener test and then bring the results to a mental health professional for evaluation.

Adapted from the Goldberg Bipolar Spectrum Screening questionnaire (c. 1993) designed to screen for the possibility of bipolar spectrum disorders in individuals 18 or older who have already experienced at least one episode of depression. If you answer Yes to a significant number of these questions, consult a licensed mental health practitioner. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. 

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