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Do I have bipolar? Take this bipolar disorder quiz to see if you may benefit from further diagnosis and treatment from a mental health professional.

Medical ReviewerRandy Bressler, PsyD

Who Is This Bipolar Disorder Quiz For?

The questions below relate to life experiences that are common among people who have bipolar disorder. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few weeks.

How Accurate Is It?

This quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool. Mental health disorders can only be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional or doctor.

Psycom believes assessments can be a valuable first step toward getting treatment. All too often people stop short of seeking help out of fear their concerns aren't legitimate or severe enough to warrant professional intervention.

What's the Screening Test for Bipolar Disorder Like?

Talking with a doctor or mental health professional is the first step in identifying bipolar disorder. Specific criteria for diagnosis are laid out in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

In a screening for bipolar disorder, you'll be asked several questions about your symptoms and how long they have occurred.

What Other Tests Will You Need to Take?

A doctor may perform a physical evaluation to rule out any other conditions that may be causing symptoms.

What are Potential Results of Screening for Bipolar?

An estimated 2.8% of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. If left undiagnosed or untreated, the condition usually worsens, causing more problems with mood, energy and clear thinking.

If a diagnosis comes back as negative for bipolar, but you still experience symptoms, a health care professional may screen you for a similar condition such as schizophrenia or depression.

Getting a professional screening can start you on the path toward treatment, which can help improve your quality of life.

What are the Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder?

Typically, a combination of medication and psychotherapy is recommended to treat bipolar disorder.


Several types of therapy may be helpful in treating bipolar issues:

  • Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT). IPSRT focuses on stabilizing daily rhythms, since following a consistent routine in sleeping, eating, and exercising may help you to manage your moods.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). By identifying unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replacing them with healthy, positive ones, CBT can help identify what triggers your bipolar episodes. You also learn effective strategies to manage stress and to cope with upsetting situations.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy : Including both individual and group therapy, DBT teaches mindfulness and acceptance skills such as “the ability to experience moment-to-moment thoughts, emotions and their accompanying physical sensations from an observer’s stance, without negative judgment.

  • Psychoeducation. Learning about bipolar disorder can help you and your loved ones understand the condition. Knowing what’s going on can help you get the best support, identify issues, make a plan to prevent relapse, and stick with treatment.

  • Family-focused therapy. Family support and communication can help you stick with your treatment plan and help you and your loved ones recognize and manage warning signs of mood swings.


Many medications can effectively treat bipolar disorder:

  • Mood stabilizers. Used to control manic or hypomanic episodes, these include lithium (Lithobid), valproic acid (Depakene), divalproex sodium (Depakote), carbamazepine (Tegretol, Equetro, others), and lamotrigine (Lamictal)).

  • Antipsychotics. Adding an antipsychotic may help relieve depressive or manic symptoms that persist despite treatment with other drugs. Taking these alone or with a mood stabilizer may help. Such drugs include: olanzapine (Zyprexa), risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel), aripiprazole (Abilify), ziprasidone (Geodon), lurasidone (Latuda) or asenapine (Saphris).

  • Antidepressants. Employed to manage depression, antidepressants are usually prescribed with a mood stabilizer or antipsychotic, since an antidepressant alone can sometimes trigger a manic episode.

  • Antidepressant-antipsychotic. The medication Symbyax combines the antidepressant fluoxetine and the antipsychotic olanzapine. It works as a depression treatment and a mood stabilizer.

  • Anti-anxiety medications. Benzodiazepines may help with anxiety and improve sleep but are usually used on a short-term.

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This test is based on the bipolar screening questionnaire created by Dr. Ivan Goldberg. If you think you may be suffering from Bipolar Disorder or any other mental health condition, PsyCom strongly recommends that you seek help from a doctor in order to receive a proper diagnosis and support.

Bipolar Disorder FAQs

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

Bipolar disorder is diagnosed through a clinical interview with a licensed mental health professional, explains Simon A. Rego, PsyD, Chief Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

“Sometimes, the mental health professional will also ask the person to complete some assessment measures to aid in the diagnosis,” Rego says. “They may also ask to speak with a family member or partner, or other significant person in the person’s life, in order to get additional information about the impact the disorder has had on the person and their relationships.

Who can diagnose bipolar?

Bipolar disorder is most often diagnosed by a mental health professional, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker.

When is bipolar diagnosed?

Bipolar disorder is typically diagnosed during the late teen years or early adulthood, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, Chief Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Occasionally, bipolar symptoms can appear in children.

To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the person must have experienced at least one depressive episode and one manic or hypomanic episode.

How long does it take to diagnose bipolar disorder?

Diagnosing the disorder can be done in one or two assessment sessions, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, Chief Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. However, because bipolar disorder can be confused with other disorders such as depression and borderline personality disorder, getting the correct diagnosis can take some time.

For example, some research suggests that it takes an average of three and a half years to confirm a diagnosis of bipolar disorder after the first major mood episode, with other research suggesting it can take even longer, Rego says.

Can people tell they are bipolar?

People can often tell that something is wrong (often with their mood), but may not always be able to accurately label it as bipolar. For example, it is frequently easy for people to know when they are depressed, but sometimes symptoms of mania go unnoticed, or feel “good,” so they are not as easily seen as an issue, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, Chief Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Can bipolar disorder go away?

Bipolar disorder tends to be seen as an ongoing condition that waxes and wanes throughout one’s life, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, Chief Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

“Fortunately, the symptoms can often be controlled and stabilized in most cases when proper treatment (ideally, the combination of medication and psychotherapy) is in place,” Rego says.

Can bipolar disorder get worse with age?

Bipolar disorder may get worse with age—but this is generally the case over time if it is left untreated, explains Simon A. Rego, PsyD, Chief Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. If treated with a combination of medication and therapy, people have a much better chance of managing their bipolar disorder, Rego says. “Even then, it’s important for people to monitor their symptoms and seek help right away if they start to feel a change in their mood,” he says.

Can anxiety turn into bipolar?

There is no research evidence that suggests that anxiety can turn into bipolar disorder, says Simon A. Rego, PsyD, Chief Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. People with bipolar disorder may experience feelings of anxiety, however, and may also confuse some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder for symptoms of anxiety.

In addition, some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder can also be associated with some of the anxiety disorders, Rego says. And some people may have both an anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder.

“So it's not always so easy to sort these things out,” Rego says. “It is much more important to seek professional help if you’re experiencing symptoms that are causing you distress or interference in your ability to function in life.

Notes: This article was originally published March 29, 2016 and most recently updated November 11, 2021.

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Medically reviewed by Alex Klein, PsyD — By Christina Ward on March 5, 2021

We all experience changes in mood — but what if these changes are sudden and last for days instead of hours?

How do you know when your mood changes are a sign of something more?

People with bipolar disorder often experience extreme shifts in their mood — like highs or lows — that can last for weeks or longer. But treatment for bipolar disorder is available and effective.

This brief, time-saving questionnaire is designed for anyone who thinks they may benefit from an evaluation for bipolar disorder.

The items below will help you determine whether you may need additional help and professional support for the symptoms you’ve been experiencing.

A mental health professional can also help figure out if your issues might be a symptom of bipolar or another mental health condition and recommend treatment if needed.

This online screening is not a definitive tool. It will not conclusively guarantee that you may be diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

However, it can be useful if you’re experiencing symptoms and want to determine if additional help or support from a mental health professional is the right option for you.

Only a trained medical professional, such as a doctor or mental health professional, can help you determine the next best steps for you.


The items below refer to how you’ve felt and behaved over much of your life. If you’ve usually been one way, and have recently changed, your responses should reflect how you have usually been.

In order for the results of this quiz to be most accurate, you should be 18 years or older and have had at least one episode of depression.

This online screening is not a diagnostic tool. Only a trained medical professional, like a doctor or mental health professional, can help you determine the next best steps for you.

Ready to start therapy? Our Find a Therapist resource may help.

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Bipolar 3 Minute Test

Instructions: Below you will find statements describing the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Please read all of the following statements carefully and indicate to what extent they apply to you.

3 Minute Bipolar Disorder Test (IDR-3MBDT) developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-3MST is based on the scientific work of Dr. Robert M. A. Hirschfeld and colleagues who developed the Mood Disorders Inventory. This test is in no way affiliated with any particular psychopathology research or institution.

The IDRlabs 3-Minute Bipolar Test is based on research by Dr. Robert M.A. Hirschfeld and colleagues: Hirschfeld, Robert M.A., M.D., Janet B.W. Williams, D.S.W., Robert L. Spitzer, M.D., Joseph R. Calabrese, M.D., Laurie Flynn, Paul E. Keck, Jr., M.D., Lydia Lewis, Susan L. McElroy, M.D., Robert M. Post, M.D., Daniel J Rapport, M.D., James M. Russell, M.D., Gary S. Sachs, M.D., John Zajecka, M.D., “Development and Validation of a Screening Instrument for Bipolar Spectrum Disorder: The Mood Disorder Questionnaire.” American Journal of Psychiatry 157:11 (November 2000) 1873-1875. Hirschfeld RMA, Williams JBW, Spitzer RL, et al. Development and validation of a screening instrument for bipolar spectrum disorder: The Mood Disorder Questionnaire. Am J Psychiatry. 2000; 157:1873-1875. Hirschfeld, R. (2002). The mood disorder questionnaire. The Primary Care Companion 4(1):9-eleven.

The work of Dr. Robert MA Hirschfeld and colleagues also provided information on some diagnostic criteria in the widely used Mood Disorder Questionnaire. It is intended for clinical use by qualified mental health professionals. Our test provides information for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and this bipolar symptom test are in no way affiliated with the above researchers, organizations or institutions.

The Bipolar Symptom Test is based on the well-known and well established Bipolar Symptoms Clinical Assessment Questionnaire. However, please note that all free online tests like this one are for informational purposes only and will not be able to determine your symptoms with absolute accuracy and certainty. Therefore, our test provides information for educational purposes only. Detailed information about your mental state can only be provided by a certified specialist.

As the authors of the 3-Minute Bipolar Test to determine if you are prone to bipolar disorder or similar personality disorders, we have made every effort to ensure that this test is reliable and valid through numerous tests and statistical data control. However, free online tests like this provide information "as is" and should not be construed as providing professional or certified advice of any kind. For more information about our online tests, please see our Terms of Service.

Bipolar Affective Disorder Test

This test is recommended for people who experience regular episodes of unexplained mood changes, both positive and negative, in their lives.

Bipolar affective disorder (abbr. BAD , formerly manic-depressive psychosis or MDP) is a mental illness that manifests itself in the form of alternating mood background: from excellent / super excellent (hypomania / mania phase) to reduced (depressive phase). The duration and frequency of phase alternation can vary from daily fluctuations to fluctuations throughout the year.

This test is a Russian version for detecting hypomanic conditions, the original name is HCL-32 (Hypomania Checklist) .
Commonly used to detect BAD type II among patients with a current diagnosis of RDD (recurrent depressive disorder).

I remind you: this disease is clearly a pathology, only a psychiatrist or psychotherapist can deal with diagnosis and treatment.

Instructions for filling out

Try to recall the period of the "elevated" state, which at the same time was not caused by drugs or alcohol and lasted more than two days (4-6 days in a row). How did you feel then?

Please answer the questions about how you felt while on the rise , no matter how you feel today.

Lifting I:

1. Sleep less.


2. More energetic and active.


3. More self-confident.


4. I get more pleasure from work.


5. Become more sociable (more often on the phone, more often in society).


6. I want to travel, and I do travel more.


7. My driving style is becoming more relaxed.

I don't drive

8. I spend more/too much money.


9. In everyday life, I take more risks (at work and / or other activities).


10. I am very physically active (sports, etc.).


11. I make more plans and projects.


12. I have more creative ideas.


13. I am less shy and reserved.


14. I dress more flamboyantly and extravagantly/I wear more make-up.


15. I have an increasing need for communication or I really communicate with a large number of people.


16. I have an increased interest in sex and/or increased sexual desire.


17. I flirt more often and/or have more sexual activity.


18. I talk more.


19. I think faster.


20. In conversations, I often joke and pun.


21. I am more easily distracted.


22. I find many new things to do.


23. My thoughts jump from one topic to another.


24. I do everything faster and easier.


25. I am more impatient and/or irritated more quickly.


26. I can tire and annoy others.


27. I get into conflict situations more often.


28. I am in high spirits and more optimistic.



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