I know you want to go straight to your bipolar online test . . .BUT there really is some ESSENTIAL information about bipolar disorder you should know first!
Please slow down and read the following 3 quick simple points:
1.NO test can diagnose. ALL the tests in use today – online or otherwise – are BIPOLAR SCREENING tests, meaning all they do is check if you are at risk and need further assessment.
2. You cannot detect bipolar disorder through the Internet. No ifs, buts or maybes.
It is hard enough to get a reliable diagnosis in person.
3. That being said, in addition to the online test we provide, links to the other three best available online tests appear at the end of this page.
All are free, all have been clinically validated, and all are used every day by expert psychiatrists.
So why bother with an online test? These online tests are based on reliable and professional bipolar disorder tests. They are questionnaires on bipolar symptoms that have been developed by leading clinicians.
Part of being diagnosed for bipolar is to take this sort of bipolar self-test, whether online or at a psychiatrist’s office.1
Just remember – this Online Bipolar Test page contains a tests for screening purposes only. You must see a doctor ASAP if you screen positive!
I cannot stress this enough – NO bipolar disorder test is 100% reliable. There is not (yet) a conclusive physical test such as a blood test or brain scan.
Here is your online bipolar test:
Check through the following 32 bipolar signs and symptoms, counting “1” for each “yes” if you have experienced this for a period of at least 4 days:
I need less sleep.
I feel more energetic and more active.
I am more self-confident.
I enjoy my work more.
I am more sociable (make more phone calls, go out more.
I want to travel and/or do travel more.
I tend to drive faster or take more risks when driving.
I spend more money/too much money.
I take more risks in my daily life (in my work and/or other activities).
I am physically more active (sport etc.).
I plan more activities or projects.
I have more ideas, I am more creative.
I am less shy or inhibited.
I wear more colorful and more extravagant clothes/make-up.
I want to meet or actually do meet more people.
I am more interested in sex.
I am more flirtatious and/or am more sexually active.
I talk more.
I think faster.
I make more jokes or puns when I am talking.
I am more easily distracted.
I engage in lots of new things.
My thoughts jump from topic to topic.
I do things more quickly and/or more easily.
I am more impatient and/or get irritable more easily.
I can be exhausting or irritating for others.
I get into more quarrels.
My mood is higher, more optimistic.
I drink more coffee.
I smoke more cigarettes.
I drink more alcohol.
I take more drugs (sedatives, anxiolytics, stimulants).
If you scored 14 or above (i.e. answered “yes”), then you have a positive screen for mild, moderate or potentially “Bipolar I” style mania.
(This test is the Hypomania Checklist (HCL-32) and has shown over 80% reliability in identifying bipolar disorder. The most common misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder is to mistake it for depression and the HCL-32 is particularly useful in distinguishing bipolar disorder from depression.)
Interpreting your bipolar test(s):
Your results will make more sense if you understand the following “bipolar basics”:
Bipolar is about mood swings, and includes BOTH mania AND depression.
Ask yourself these 3 critical threshold questions on bipolar symptoms first to check you have the BOTH THE UPS AND THE DOWNS that characterize bipolar disorder:
1.Have you had any significant depression that lasted at least 2 weeks and was so severe it made it difficult or impossible to function?
2. Do you experience ‘ups’ as well as ‘downs’?
3. Are your ups ‘wired’ or ‘hyper’ – not just happy?
If you answered “YES” to these 3 questions, then you may consider a screening test for the possibility of mania.
That is, the point of screening is to check you for the typical symptoms of mania such as racing thoughts, disrupted sleep, and out of control spending or sexual promiscuity or other impulsive “risky” behavior.
Usually the higher the score, the more likely it is you have experienced episodes of mania (Bipolar Type 1) or being hypomanic (Bipolar Type 2).
This is just the beginning – it is NOT a final diagnosis.
Remember, according to the experts:
“Accurately diagnosing Bipolar Disorder is often not a straightforward matter. Many people go 10 years or more before their illness is accurately diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder.” (Black Dog Institute)
To recap: There are 3 things your online bipolar test must show for a positive self-screen that suggests the possibility of bipolar disorder:
1. You MUST ALSO have experienced serious depression for at least 2 weeks, AND
2. Scored positive for mania as well as for depression, AND
3. Your symptoms must have resulted in a significant negative impact in your life such as financial problems, legal troubles, or serious issues in your job or relationships.
If you did screen positive, see a medical expert. You must be diagnosed through an face to face interview and cannot draw any conclusions from a bipolar online test which is a SCREENING TEST ONLY!
(A screening test means it checks for possible symptoms but does NOT provide a diagnosis!)
If you screen positive for bipolar disorder, see a board certified psychiatrist ASAP.
DO THIS after taking your test:
Stay awhile and visit!
Taking a bipolar online test is just the first step.
The diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder is different in the UK from what is used in the US. Americans use the DSM-V, but the National Health Service (NHS) uses ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). You are more likely to test positive for bipolar in the UK because the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder is broader.
“I didn’t like the diagnosis. I couldn’t believe the psychiatrist told me that. I just thought it was because he was lazy and didn’t want to treat me. Then I overdosed at 28, at which point I began to accept the bipolar diagnosis.” Carrie Fisher