Am I bipolar test (3 mins)

Am I bipolar test

This Am I bipolar test is to screen the bipolar disorder and this test can only be used for the informal screening. The formal diagnosis cannot be done on the basis of this Am I bipolar test.

Am I bipolar test

Instructions to Follow

In this brief Bipolar test, you need to answer the simple everyday life situations choosing one best applicable option.

1. I feel talkative and speak faster than usual

 

2. I get overly active and do a lot of things at once

 

3. My mood changes and I feel irritable and in hurry

 

4. There are times when I experience extreme happiness and excitement and sadness at the same time

 

5. My interest in sex increase at times unusually

 

6. I get overly self-confident, and dwell in equal self-doubt

 

7. I cannot remain consistent in the quantity and quality of work

 

8. I experience extreme aggression or anger without any reason

 

9. My mind shifts between overly creative and completely mentally dull

 

10. My interest to remain with others and to stay alone shift so rapidly

 

11. At times I am optimistic and at times I am pessimistic (both at extreme)

 

12. At times I get tearful and at other, I laugh and joke excessively

 



Final Result:

What is Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is described as a condition that causes extreme changes in energy and activity level and mood fluctuations which hinders a person’s daily life. This disorder is named Bipolar and other related disorders which include bipolar I and II disorders along with cyclothymia.

Before DSM-5, this condition has been as manic depression which is a serious mental condition that has been put in between the depression disorders and psychotic disorders in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. If it is not treated, it can create a lot of hindrances in relationships, in career and education. In extreme cases, it can lead to suicide.

Prevalence of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder has been found in males and females equally. It is commonly diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 25 years but the symptoms can occur any time, at any age.

Alternating episodes of mania or extreme euphoria and depression are the main symptoms of Bipolar disorder. These episodes can be extreme but in between the highs and lows, the mood may stay normal. Fluctuations in mood are severe, incapacitating and devastating than normal mood swings. Some people with bipolar disorder might experience having hallucinations as well.

Many people refuse to take medication or some stop taking them and their condition gets worse, however, if the patients follow proper treatment, the condition can be controlled and managed, they can work, study and have a productive life.

Studies revealed that people with bipolar disorder are extremely creative but because of their abrupt mood swings make it hard for them to concentrate and stay on a project or plan which results in them having started a lot of projects but nothing finished.

Types of Bipolar Disorder in DSM 5

There are three broad types of bipolar disorder according to DSM-5.

1.  Bipolar I disorder

2.  Bipolar II disorder

3.  Cyclothymia

Bipolar I disorder

In order to diagnosis a person with bipolar I:

●   One manic episode is must

●   The person previously should have had a depressive episode

●   Other disorders must be ruled out that are not associated with bipolar disorder, for instance, delusional disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders

Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II diagnosis is given when

●   At least one hypomanic episode and,

●   One or more episodes of depression have been experienced

Hypomanic symptoms include being competitive, sleeping less than normal and extremely energetic. This state is not as severe as manic state and hence, it does not affect the functioning of a person fully.

Bipolar II can have

●   Mixed episodes of mania and depression

●   Symptoms of mood incongruent or mood-congruent psychotic features

Cyclothymia

In cyclothymia, there are symptoms of hypomania but that does not meet the full criteria of hypomania and there are symptoms of depression that do not fully meet the criteria of major depressive disorder. The mood changes are less dramatic than that of mania/hypomania or depression.

Description About Am I bipolar test

This Am I bipolar test is based on the DSM 5 criteria of Bipolar disorder, as well as based on the assessment interview with the psychologist.

This Am I bipolar test will only give an idea about the possibility of bipolar disorder and the results can never be used for a formal diagnosis. The test is for self-assessment and cannot be used by a mental health professional for diagnosis.

The Am I bipolar test will let you know if you need to consult a mental health professional regarding your symptoms.

Am I bipolar test (3 mins)

Daniela Paez

Daniela Paez is a Clinical Psychologist with an MSc. In Clinical Neuropsychology from Bangor University. She has vast experience in working with children with disabilities, adolescents and their families, in extreme conditions of poverty and vulnerability. Additionally, she owns a private practice where she provides neuropsychological evaluation for children and adults, and treatment for mood disorders, anxiety, couple therapy, among other conditions.