Bipolar disorder is a chronic illness that is characterized by drastic mood swings and emotional extremes. At one end of this spectrum is mania or hypomania, which are emotional states of intense energy, creativity, impulsiveness, and euphoria. At the opposite end of the spectrum is depression, with symptoms of intense sadness and hopelessness.
The bipolar disorder quiz below focuses on symptoms of mania and can quickly help you decide whether you should speak with a licensed mental health professional.
This quiz was adapted from a questionnaire developed by the following medical experts: Chairman, Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, MD – University of Texas Medical Branch; Joseph R. Calabrese, MD – Case Western Reserve School of Medicine; Laurie Flynn – National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD – University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Lydia Lewis – National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association; Robert M. Post, MD – National Institute of Mental Health; Gary S. Sachs, MD – Harvard University School of Medicine; Robert L. Spitzer, MD – Columbia University; Janet Williams, DSW – Columbia University and John M. Zajecka, MD – Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center.