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Bipolar Depression Test – Bipolar Depression Quiz

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This bipolar depression test may help you determine if you have the symptoms of bipolar depression. Please keep in mind, there are other illnesses and medications that can mimic the signs of bipolar disorder and bipolar depression. That's why it's important to discuss the results of the bipolar depression test with your doctor. Only a doctor or other mental health professional can diagnose bipolar depression.


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Take the Bipolar Depression Test

When done, print the bipolar depression test (bipolar depression quiz) and share the results with your doctor.

1. Do you experience extreme mood changes – going from extremely happy to extremely sad?

Yes Sometimes No

2. Do you have anyone in your family (include all relatives) who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

Yes No

3. Do you experience periods where you feel any of the following (check all that apply):

Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
Irritability, restlessness
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
Fatigue and decreased energy
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
Overeating, or appetite loss
Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

    4. Have you ever experienced any of these symptoms for a period of at least one week?

    Elevated mood
    Euphoria
    Hyperactivity
    Excitement
    Overconfidence
    Grandiosity
    Extravagance
    Spending sprees
    Recklessness
    Delusions of grandeur
    Talking a lot
    Rapid speech
    Rapid movements
    Reduced need for sleep
    Increased appetite
    Excessive exercising
    Increased libido
    Increased use of alcohol
    Distractedness
    Aggression
    Excessive laughter
    Anger

    Results of Bipolar Depression Test

    If you checked yes or sometimes to bipolar depression test question 1, it's possible you exhibit the traditional signs of bipolar disorder.

    If you check yes to question 2, bipolar disorder does have a genetic component and research shows bipolar disorder tends to run in families.

    Question 3 measures the traditional symptoms of major depression. If you've experienced five (or more) of those symptoms during the same 2-week period and at least one of the symptoms is either: (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure, this is an indication you may have Major Depressive Disorder.

    Question 4 of the bipolar depression test measures the symptoms of mania and hypomania. Remember, the difference between bipolar depression vs depression is the person must have also experienced the symptoms of bipolar mania or hypomania. If you checked off symptoms in this question and question 3, please discuss the possibility that you might have bipolar depression with your doctor or mental health professional.

    Print this page with your bipolar depression test results to share with your doctor.

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