This article will offer two options to try and answer the question: “Am I bipolar?” Keep in mind that you can’t answer the question: “Am I bipolar?” for sure no matter what online test you take. Despite its results, you absolutely have to go to the specialist or your psychiatrist with these forms if you have any concerns.
Am I Bipolar?
This form will help you to recognize possible symptoms of bipolar disease. If you answer “yes” for some (or most) of these questions – it doesn’t make you a person with manic depression. But it would be reasonable for you to show the results to your psychiatrist and discuss the problems with him or her.
Q1: Have you ever experienced a period of life when you felt different from your “normal” being, e.g.:
- Have you been in so elevated mood, that those close to you thought you were acting different and it interfered with your relations? (yes / no)
- Have you been so irritated that you allowed yourself to shout at your loved ones or even start fighting? (yes / no)
- You slept too little and there was no need in more sleeping? (yes / no)
- You felt as if your body is under your total control? (yes / no)
- Did You talk too much and too fast? (yes / no)
- Have you experienced rapid thoughts without being able to stop them? (yes / no)
- You couldn’t concentrate on one single task/thing because everything around you distracted you? (yes / no)
- Have you felt the burst of energy and the increased ability to work? (yes / no)
- Were you able to do more than you usually can? (yes / no)
- You were more sociable than usually and didn’t hesitate to call your friends even at night? (yes / no)
- Were you more interested in sex than usually? (yes / no)
- You did the thing that you wouldn’t normally do or your family and friends thought it was extremely silly or dangerous behavior? (yes / no)
- You were wasting so much money that is was causing troubles? (yes / no)
If you answered “yes” to more than one question – continue.
Q2: Have you ever experienced some of the states above together during the same period of time? (yes / no)
Q3: Do you think the troubles caused by the mentioned above states represent a great challenge for you? (yes / no)
Results: if you answered “yes” to more than half of the questions (especially the last one), we advise you to see your doctor, therapist or a psychologist. Remember that the results don’t indicate that you are indubitably bipolar.
Test #2 – BSDS
The Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale (BSDS) was developed by Ronald Pies, MD, and was later refined and tested by S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH ,and colleagues. The BSDS arose from Pies’s experience as a psychopharmacology consultant; where he was frequently called on to manage cases of “treatment-resistant depression.” In Pies’s experience, most of these cases eventually proved to be undiagnosed bipolar spectrum disorder.
This is a descriptive story that captures subtle features of the bipolar illness. The BSDS does not provide a “yes” or “no” answer to whether or not a patient has a bipolar disorder – it addresses the concept of the bipolar spectrum.
The BSDS has two sections. The first part includes a series of 19 sentences that describe the main symptoms of bipolar spectrum disorders. Each sentence is linked to a blank space that should be checked by patients who decide that the statement is an accurate description of their feelings or behaviors. Each checked statement is assigned 1 point.
The second portion of the BSDS asks the patient to select the degree to which the 19-item narrative “fits” his or her own experience. There are four possibilities: “This story fits me very well, or almost perfectly” (6 points); “This story fits me fairly well” (4 points); “This story fits me to some degree, but not in most respects” (2 points); and “This story doesn’t really describe me at all” (0 points).
The BSDS scoring ranges from 0 to 25 points (see Table below). A total score from 20 to 25 points indicates that bipolar spectrum disorder is highly likely; a score from 13 to 19 indicates moderate probability; a score from 7 to 12 indicates the low probability, and a score from 0 to 6 indicates that bipolar disorder is highly unlikely.
|TOTAL SCORE||RANGE||LIKELIHOOD OF BIPOLAR DISORDER|
|0 – 6||Highly unlikely|
|7 – 12||Low probability|
|13 – 19||Moderate probability|
|20 – 25||High probability|
The optimum threshold for positive diagnosis: score of 13 or above.
We remind you one more time: keep in mind that these manic depression tests don’t diagnose you with bipolar disorder (or as it was formerly known – manic depression). Only a doctor can give the correct answer on your question: “Am I bipolar?” They just give you an opportunity to think if there’s a sign of similar symptoms in your behavior – in this case, you have to go to your doctor, psychiatrist or a bipolar disorder specialist to go through a professional exam and to get a timely help. Don’t panic and stay healthy!