There are several tests and assessments that can be used to diagnose bipolar disorder, a mental health condition characterised by episodes of elevated mood (mania or hypomania) and depression. The most common type of test is a self-report questionnaire, where the person being tested answers questions about their symptoms and how they have been feeling. Some examples of self-report bipolar disorder tests include:
The Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) is a commonly used self-report test that screens for bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. Click here to take the Bipolar Assessment.
The General Behavior Inventory (GBI) is another self-report test that assesses the severity of symptoms of mania and hypomania.
The Hypomania Checklist (HCL-32) is a self-report test that assesses the severity of symptoms of hypomania, which is a less severe form of mania.
In addition to self-report tests, a mental health professional may also use clinical interviews and observation to diagnose bipolar disorder. During a clinical interview, the mental health professional will ask questions about the person's symptoms, medical history, and family history, among other things. Observations of the person's behavior and demeanor may also be used to diagnose bipolar disorder.
It's important to note that self-report tests are not a replacement for a formal evaluation by a mental health professional. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, it's best to speak with a mental health professional who can accurately diagnose and treat your condition.
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