Understanding Bipolar Disorder


This is a topic very close to my heart. I am Bipolar, I have been all of my life.

Being Bipolar is not a death sentence, it can be effectively managed, by therapy, medication, holistic remedies, either in whole or part.

I am not on any medication. I know and understand what my triggers are, and I manage them quite effectively, sometimes….

By exposing my truth, I hope that this may help some people who may realize that there is a problem, but are not sure what to do about it, maybe this can help you to make the first step….

Here is one of the quizes that can be used to help you identify if  the symptoms you are experiencing are possibly those of Bipolar Disorder.

Welcome to the Goldberg Bipolar Spectrum Screening Questionnaire, a Screening Test for Bipolar Spectrum Disorders..

This 12-question self-test may help you become aware of some signs and symptoms of bipolar spectrum disorders. It is designed to screen for the possibility of a disorder in the bipolar spectrum in individuals, 18 or older, who have had at least one depression severe enough to have caused them distress and/or interfered with their functioning at home, work, school or in their interpersonal relationships. In other words, this quiz assumes that you have already experienced a depressive episode. Please read our disclaimer on psychological testing and our psychological testing privacy guarantee.

**Completing this Questionnaire does not qualify as medical advice, please seek the advice of qualified medical personnel, this is for informational purposes only!**

***Completing this Psychological Screening Test***

To take the questionnaire, please click the radio button next to the selection which best reflects how each statement applies to you. The items refer to how you have felt and behaved over much of your life. If you have usually felt one way, and have recently changed, your responses should reflect how you have USUALLY felt.

Take the Quiz

Please note: This test will only be scored correctly if you answer each one of the questions.

The 12 items below refer to how you have felt and behaved over much of your life. Choose the appropriate button.

1. At times I am much more talkative or speak much faster than usual.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

2. There have been times when I was much more active or did many more things than usual.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

3. I get into moods where I feel very speeded up or irritable.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

4. There have been times when I have felt both high (elated) and low (depressed) at the same time.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

5. At times I have been much more interested in sex than usual.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

6. My self-confidence ranges from great self-doubt to equally great overconfidence.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

7. There have been GREAT variations in the quantity or quality of my work.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

8. For no apparent reason I sometimes have been VERY angry or hostile.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

9. I have periods of mental dullness and other periods of very creative thinking.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

10. At times I am greatly interested in being with people and at other times I just want to be left alone with my thoughts.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

11. I have had periods of great optimism and other periods of equally great pessimism.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

12. I have had periods of fearfulness and crying and other times when I laugh and joke excessively.

  • Not at all
  • Just a little
  • Somewhat
  • Moderately
  • Quite a lot
  • Very much

About Scoring this Psychological Questionnaire

Scoring:

  • 0 points Not at all
  • 1 point Just a little
  • 2 points Somewhat
  • 3 points Moderately
  • 4 points Quite a lot
  • 5 points Very much

Roughly speaking, the higher the score, the higher probability of a bipolar spectrum disorder, as opposed to major (unipolar) depression. When your quiz is scored, one of 3 different information pages will appear to describe the results for scores in your range.

Remember, this quiz assumes that you have already experienced a depressive episode.

Here are the results from my test…..

These Are Your Bipolar Spectrum Disorder Screening Questionnaire Results..

Bipolar Spectrum Disorder Screening Questionnaire Results: the results of this psychological quiz are described below. Please be sure to check our testing disclaimer and our privacy guarantee.

Bipolar Spectrum Disorder Screening Questionnaire Results: the results of this psychological quiz are described below. Please be sure to check our testing disclaimer and our privacy guarantee.

Goldberg Bipolar Spectrum Screening Questionnaire Answers

I have a total score of: 42 (25 or Above, Bipolar Spectrum)

Individuals with total scores of 25 or above have a high probability of suffering from a bipolar spectrum disorder. (Remember, this quiz assumes that you are 18 or over and have had at least one depression severe enough to have caused you distress and/or interfered with you functioning at home, work, school or in your interpersonal relationships.)

If you would like to take this psychological screening test again, just click to return to the test. Alternatively, please read on below for additional information on how this test was scored, for notes on limitations of this and other such quizzes, and for links to other related resources.

Additional Information

Scoring:

  • 0 points Not at all
  • 1 point Just a little
  • 2 points Somewhat
  • 3 points Moderately
  • 4 points Quite a lot
  • 5 points Very much

Roughly speaking, the higher the score, the higher probability of a bipolar spectrum disorder, as opposed to major (unipolar) depression.

Remember, this quiz assumes that you have already experienced a depressive episode.

Screening test scoring ranges:

  • 0-15 Major/unipolar depression
  • 16-24 Major Depression or a Disorder in the Bipolar Spectrum
  • 25 or Above, Bipolar Spectrum

The Goldberg Bipolar Spectrum Screening Questionnaire was developed by Dr Ivan Goldberg, MD.

For additional information on depression, please see our guide to the symptoms of depression, and our general information about depression. For additional information on bipolar disorder, please see our guide to symptoms of manic depression. Information on both bipolar disorder and depression is contained within our guide to mood disorders.

Our online counselling and online therapy service is also available.

Important Note About Psychological Screening Tests

Always consult with a trained mental health professional if you are experiencing depressive feelings and/or difficulties in your daily functioning that cause you anxiety or worry.
This test is meant to be used as a starting point, not as a diagnosis tool. This score is not intended as a mental disorder diagnosis, or as any type of healthcare recommendation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this entry. Best of luck,
Che’
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