Bipolar Test

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Anyone questioning whether manic depression is a source of concern can benefit from taking a bipolar test. There are various approaches you can use to determine whether your condition requires further attention. The simple fact that an individual wants to take a test for bipolar disorder is an indicator that something is amiss.

Physician’s Surgery

Your physician’s surgery is a prime example of a reliable source for testing for bipolar disorder. Manic depression is a serious condition that is quite complex. Many surgeries offer valuable information about the disorder as well as useful tests to determine whether you should consider counselling.

Online Tests

The Internet is a valuable resource that has many wonderful options to consider. It is important to note that the quizzes available online are merely in place to help you understand the condition better. They do not function to diagnose or treat any condition but they do provide valuable insight.

Goldberg Bipolar Spectrum Screening Test

The Goldberg Bipolar Spectrum Screening Test is an online questionnaire that consists of twelve questions. There are some prerequisites to the exam including age and depressive states. The test supposes that you are at least eighteen years of age and that you have experienced at least one bout of depression that was significant enough to prevent you from functioning normally.

The twelve questions are specific to the symptoms of bipolar disorder but it is important to keep in mind that you may have different answers depending on your mood. Scoring 25 or above on the exam suggests that you may have bipolar disorder and it would be wise to follow through with a visit to your doctor.

Taking Online Tests for Bipolar for Someone Else

Some people have considerable worry for loved ones who exhibit unusual behaviours. You can opt to take a test for someone close to you. However, it is likely that the result will be skewed by your perception. It is impossible to know fully what someone else is thinking and feeling. The tests are quite subjective.

If you are taking a bipolar screening test on behalf of a friend or relative, you may have difficulty answering some questions. For example, many tests include questions about sleeping patterns and thought processes. These subjects can be rather difficult to answer for someone else.

No matter if you are testing for yourself or for a loved one, it is very important to follow a suspicion of bipolar disorder with a visit to a physician. The doctor can make a diagnosis based on specific criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV.

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21 Comments

  1. LYN
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    my husband can sometimes be optimistic and sometimes be very depressed so he doesnt want to talk to me or anyone (unless its to be nasty) he will spend all day in bed, not sleep and be generally be miserable, saying whats the point in going on! when he is ‘ok’ he will look forward to moving ‘abroad or something’ as he is not content with life, he seems to think if he leaves ‘this life behind’ he will be happy, personally I think he is trying to run away from himself!! He doesnt think he has a problem, and sometimes nor do I, but when he has one of his (moods, putting it lightly) everyone tip toes around him, because he can be quite scarey! I dont know what the answer is but I hope you can help, before I go crazy! thankyou

  2. jodie
    Posted April 3, 2009 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Sometimes i just sit on my own and cry and cant stand to be around others. The people i love when i feel like that way i push away. At other times i feel really alive and i just want to get up and run around but at the same time underneath it all i still feel so fragile. I sometimes fly into rages at the most simple of things. I destroy plates and cups the sound of smashing crockery calms me. There are times when i feel ok, but the slightest thing can set me off. I put on a big bravado at school in front of my friends because i want them to think i am ok i wouldnt want to upset them. I often self harm and have had tried to kill myself. I dont really have any reason to feel like this. I used to but they are in my past. My docotor has said he thinks i have bipolar disorder, and i cant help the way i feel but i still feel awful.

  3. amanda
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    sometimes i just sit in my room thinking how werid i am all my friends think am werid coz i always bring life in to stuff *lifes too short*,thiers more to life* etc and sometimes i get so cross at people and most of the time they dont even do anything wrong just me thinking they have .. and other times i get so sad in my room crying myself to sleep ending up trying to kill myself etc just thinking everyone hates me i have done things wrong and no one wants me … i dont think it was werid untill i watched this show like it said how u can be soo happy then with sec u can be all sad ….. thats me coz i can be just having a laugh with my friends then i wonder off and then i go all cross and want to go home and hit things …..

    could you help me i dont know what too doo ????

  4. Rai
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    coping with bipolar is not easy but hard i thought i had bipolar but only half of it i feel depressed at least twice a day and anger runs through me everyday i hit and destroy things and i cant smile anymore i can control half of my emotions unless i feel depressed ill just be on my own…

    if anyone wouldnt mind to talk please reply i’d like to talk see if our problems can go away and if ur weird im weird too and i dont mind what you do its your choice

  5. Jade
    Posted May 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I found out that my uncle has bipolar. I thought it was just me but obviously not! No one eles knows except my uncle, best mate and fiancee. I feel like i can’t talk to anyone about it. It started when i was 11 and my dad had left home the year before. I started to self harm at that age and when i was just 16 i tried to overdose a couple of times. I also think i see things which are not there alot and have paranioa and anxiety. I get weeks where i am constantly on a high and think im on top of the world and i cant stop talking about random things but also can get aggressive and i hit things and people once (which almost got me thrown out of college) and then i get really depressive states where i dont want to be around anyone and i want to cry all day and think suicidal thoughts. I want to go to the doctors about it but im afraid :(

  6. Jenna Wilcox
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Hi there,

    I am writing from a production company that has been commissioned by the NHS to produce two very short films for the NHS Choices website. They are on Bipolar and Clinical depression.

    We are looking for a case study for both and wondering if you might consider taking part in our Bipolar film or might be able to point us in the right direction?

    These are aimed to show that you are not alone, there is help out there and it is manageable with the right help.

    I do have much more information that I could give you, so please do contact me if you are at all interested.

    My email address is jenna.wilcox@gmail.com

  7. lauracollison
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    ive been very depressed for a few months now. i have a partner and a 8yr old daughter, but i sometimes just want to be on my own, i find it very hard being aroun other ppl

  8. MyFathersDaughter
    Posted November 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if I am like my Dad. I found out last year that my husband is on the Autistic Spectrum. I don’t know if I’m depressed because of that – he’s not able to offer any empathy or support. Or whether I am bi-polar like my Dad. I don’t want to be given anti-depressants unless I really need them cos I hate drugs. But I feel like I am in a constant hole, only poking my head out occasionally. On those days I feel so happy and capable of doing anything. The rest of the time, I don’t have any self-confidence and I suppose I am angry – I feel it runs through me like the wording in a piece of seaside rock. I don’t know what to do.

  9. scott armstrong
    Posted January 20, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I really understand most of the things on this page and it’s spurred me on to get help i can really identify with the highs and lows thing i’m going to beat the crap out of this illness i got to !

  10. Keith
    Posted April 14, 2010 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    My wife has suffered from depression for 11 years (possibly more) she has huge highs and lows and is often verbally abusive, often agitated. She also suffers from sleep disorder and will sometimes get fired up and want to work around midnight, she sometimes sleeps or lays on the sofa for two or three days. She has had breast cancer recently which was hormone related, she has completed surgery and radiotherapy, she is now on selective estrogen blockers which make matters more complicated. She does not admit there is any mental problem, she feels everyone else including our 11 year old daughter are just winding her up. I have spoken to our GP who gave me a test and said she couldn’t treat my wife if she didn’t want treatment. My wife has seen 2 counsellors but lost her temper with one because she said she was siding with me. She just stopped seeing the second. At the end of the row with the first the counsellor excalimed “Oh my god, I think she is bipolar” then said “Oh no, I should not have said that”. So that was taken no further. My problem is getting my wife’s condition, whatever it is, diagnosed and treated. How do I do that?

  11. admin
    Posted April 14, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I would find another GP and go and explain the problem and see if you can talk your wife into going with you, try not to get into a” taking sides situation” as this will annoy her… also test for candida infection

  12. Keith
    Posted April 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    How do I contact whoever posted the admin response? The comment “also test for Candida infection” is right on the button, but what is the connection? My wife went to see Dr Barry Peatfield about possible hypothyroid issues, he tested her for candidia and it came back positive. As did the hypothyroid tests. These were dismissed by our GP as the NHS tests showed the thyroid situation to be normal. But what is the connection?

  13. sara
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    hi, keith
    was your wife given any treatment for candida? i think i may have bipolar disorder and i have suffered with candida in the past but have never heard of any link between the two. both you and your wife sound like you’ve been through a lot in the last few years, i can sympathise with both of you because i know how awful it is to feel so depressed that staying in bed for days on end seems the only way to cope and i’m married to an alcoholic so i also know how it feels to live with destructive behaviour. i’m not sure which one of us is worse, my husband blames me for his drinking even though he was a heavy drinker for many years before i met him and i try my best not to blame him for the way i feel but sometimes i think it is his fault.

  14. admin
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I think the link for Bipolar – mood swings and candida stem from me having both , I now have the candida well under control and since then my bipolar – mood swings are also sooooo much better ! I take two drops per day of 5000ppm liquid silver under the tounge for the candida… bought from a company called invivie from the USA I think , ref the contact for admin is there not a “contact us page ” on the site ?

  15. Keith
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Sara,

    I think my wife is in denial, sounds like your husband is too and at least you are being open to yoruself about it all, which must be good. We will work through it, it’s just frustrating. I looked up Candida and bipolar on the internet, there are lots of links. Dr. Barry Peatfield is a thyroid specialist, he is quite controversial and ignored by most GPs, but well known and respected in other circles. He was treating my brother in law and it was my wife’s sister who suggested my wife saw him. I read his book – The Great Thyroid Scandal and How to Survive it – it is heavy going but valuable, that has a strong view of Candida. The tests he prescribed were all carried out and showed hypothyroidism and Candida, the body temperature tests also indicated the same thing. Trouble is my wife obtained all of the supplements and started taking them, then stopped, this was before the cancer was diagnosed. Now during cancer recovery she says she still believes she has a thyroid problem but does not want to take anymore pills. She says if our daughter and I just acted correctly (the way she wants us to) everything would be OK. It is difficult trying to sort all these things out with so many factors involved and I know she needs good professional help, and I can’t help but believe these symptoms are all related and there is probably one cause, get the right one under control and the rest will fall in line, like the admin message above. Maybe I am expecting too much of her right now after cancer, but she has had mood swings and depression for years. Our daughter will have left home by the time she finsihes the cancer control period.

    Good luck and keep working through it.

  16. Debra
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I’ve went for depression help before, but always stopped after one session. As i find that im ok most days, and then i think i don’t need help, but then i have absolute downer days, where i think im going insane, like i am not right in the head, then i start panicking, freaking out, and i often find myself easily irrated over silly little things, and i often cry over silly little things because they just crack me up after soo long. That’s when i consider going for help again, then fail to make the call as the next day or so, i feel quite normal. Im not sure on what to really do.

  17. nicola
    Posted October 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    hiya, this is the first time I’ve logged on to look at a depression sufferers chat room. Although I’m not happy that other people feel like I do, it does give me some comfort to know I’m not alone if that makes sense.I’ve been depressed on and off (if that makes sense) since the age of 16 (i’m now 25). I’ve been off and on medication for the last three/four years. Some times it feels too much and I knowpeople around me don’t understand. I try and pretend everything is ok so people around me don’t know or more to the pont so that they don’t ask questions, that way I don’t have to talk it through. My doc gave me fluoxetine which, after a few weeks, really made a difference for a while but now I just feel rubbish again. Sorry to go on. Sometimes I wonder if I’m going mad and am looking for things that might help. I’ve tried ignoring it, embracing it, laughing through it, crying through it, alcohol etc. Hmmmmmm. Back to the docs perhaps. Thank you to everybody who has written on this site, for making me have the gutsto do it myself. Thanks you.

  18. georgina
    Posted October 31, 2010 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    hi,Iv had this disorder since I was around 3 years old,my father was a diagnosed paroniod physchophrenic,he was in a normal prison for armed robbery,was diagnosed while there,and then moved to Broadmoor til I was 17,I didnt get on with my stepfatherhe was very violent towards my mother,I have had to run and get help for her at early hours of the morning from neighbours from the age of 4,at the age of 9 I can remember saving up tablets cause I didnt want to go on,I was a runaway from the age of 6,I was put in care from the age of 12,my dad came out of prison when I was 17 and took an overdose within six months of leaving prison,I slashed my wrists and took pills in that same year,I now have children and am 46,suicide is not an option for me,I could never do that to my children,I have always struggled with the extremes,sometimes Im so high,and optamistic,its like climbing a ladder with no top,I love it when Im like that,but then it gets hard to contain,I also know it wont last,as high as I go up I know as low Im gonna smash down.I hate the downs,I just feel black,thats when I shut myself away as much as I can,I call it my not fit for human consumption periods,I cant get motivated,and just would rather be left alone,I still cook and sort out my kids but I retreat to my bedroom,Im dreading the future as my brother has been diagnosed with cancer and its terminal,he is my soul mate,the dr has sent me for tests for diagnose but I keep putting it off,stupid really,cos its gotta be better than feeling like this,,

  19. dont judge me?
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    I look back and ask, where did it all start? Well, it started when I was 12 and placed into a psychiatric ward – all because I didnt attend school (cos I was bullied) and wet the bed still. Now I’m 36. After the ward I was place into care where i had many wild and random relationship, even the female manager sexually abusing us, and from there I was determined to fight the system as much as I could so after a few damaged relationships I finally found my independance although I had been on anti depressants from being 14. The first time I came off anti depressants was when I was about 23 for around 1 year, the second time was when I was about 27 for about a year again.
    I have constant highs and lows of late….really highs….and really lows.
    I decided to sell my house and moved down coutry where i got conned big time! Last year I came out of a 3 and a half year relationship but during this 3 and a half year all I did was work, work, work, trying to build my business, which was clearly gonna fail!I looked after my man buy when the cash run out he ran away to his next victim.

    Since then I have hit an all time low but I think it stems back a lot far back from that. I have always felt in control of my depression/condition and have even told the doctors when I have felt the need to increase and decrease my dose of anti-depressants.
    Its only the last 9 months I have lost this control and am only just able to start analysing why? And believe me, I am analysing..constantly.
    I think I now have the answers thanks to this site x x
    I go from being so low I lay on the sofa for days (under normal circumstance I would encourage to site on the floor rather than the sofa…and here is me sleeping on it). I have just had a month of taking enough sleepers to knock a horse out but aint affected me at all! so i have done a month of random 3 hours of sleep on the sofa.
    I have slept with people I know I dont need to or particularly want to….even slept with 2 girls when I know I shouldnt have – i did enjoy it but regreted it after.
    I have outbursts where I smash the house up and get violent but blame it on my PMT’s! I wanna kill people who cross me and develop plans to do than.
    My high times are more dangerous than my low times! At least when I’m low I cant answer the phone, pick up the mail or talk to people other than text.
    My high times mean I feel ten foot tall and totally in control of everything and everyone……but can i look after someone else when i know the low is gonna come? I doubt it very much!
    I need to continue with my life and get a job again – i was on £33,000 per year….to nothing. I solod my house and totalled my car.
    I fall asleep driving on occassions which i know is stupid but dont have any control.
    I need help……please someone help me x x

  20. lian
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I think im bi polar but not sure. Ive not spoke to anyone about it, not even my husband dad friends etc. Ive suffered with depression in my past and i to have these mania highs. I think i can be the next best thing with inventions, starting my own business etc. But thing is in reality i cant. I always decorating my house, but half finish one room and start on another, not likeing the colour in the first room and wanting to change it realy quickly. But still left half done papered etc. I change my hair color all the time and have a thing about my nose. Which only bothers me on bad days. I can have 4 or 5 hours sleep sometimes and feel fine all day on good days, bad days i have to drag myself out of my hypnotic state. Ive always thought im spiritual but have to many cooincidences and i have a thing about numbers, times registrations on cars. Sounds stupid i know. Im married with 2 lovely children, but feel i cant tell no one because theyl think im attention seeking or im a hypochondriac. I dont want medication either but need something calming or otherwise to help me. i know i need to seek to help, hope you all get the help you deserve xx

  21. Claire
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    I believe my 18 yr daughter has got Bipolar and has for years but whenever i took her to the doctors i was told she is a teenager, this has caused years if tearing the family apart with her moods, i couldn’t take much more and i got her moved into a hostel where i thought she would get help as i was unable to get the help, things have now got worse i took her to the doctors again they referred to see a specialist but she refused to go, she is now homeless and unable to support herself and to top things off she is now pregnant, please if anyone can give me some advise or a corner to turn i would be very grateful as i am at a lose what to do for the best

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