The test is written as if you are currently experiencing symptoms. If you're concerned about symptoms you've had in the past, consider a period of at least one week when some symptoms from each group were present every day, for most of the day.
Please note that this is not a formal diagnostic test. The results are intended for your use in talking to a doctor about your mental state.
Mania Self-TestKeep count of the number of questions where your answer is Yes in each group.
- Have you had an unusual increase in energy and/or activity?
- Do you feel abnormally happy, even though nothing in your life can account for it? The happiness may have begun with something special, but the happiness has lasted longer than normal.
- Is your mood abnormally expansive?
- Are you abnormally irritable for no real reason?
These symptoms should represent a noticeable difference from your normal behavior or experience.
- Is your self-esteem higher than normal, or are you experiencing grandiosity?
- Do you feel rested with only a few hours of sleep?
- Are you talking more than usual, or do you frequently feel like you absolutely must keep talking?
- Do you have racing thoughts, or are you speaking extremely rapidly, jumping from topic to topic (flight of ideas)?
- Are you very easily distracted?
- Are you physically extremely restless, or are you plunging into projects on impulse (like painting your garage at 2 a.m., or suddenly inviting 20 people to dinner that night)?
- Are you taking foolish risks with little or no thought about consequences?
- Are your behaviors causing serious difficulties in your life (for example, severe problems in relationships or at work or school)?
- Are you having hallucinations, or are you delusional?
- Have you had to be hospitalized because of your symptoms in order to prevent you from harming yourself or others?
Scoring the Mania Self-TestNote: After you have scored your results, it's essential to read about Other Important Factors.
1 Yes = 0 points
2+ Yes = 1 point
1-2 Yes = 0 points
3+ Yes = 1 point
1+ Yes = 1 point
Mania Self-Test ResultsIn general, 3 points are necessary to be diagnosed as having a manic episode. However, the presence of a number of symptoms in any single group is an indication that you're in need of a mental health evaluation. Your doctor may still conclude that you have bipolar disorder.
- You may be experiencing hypomania rather than mania.
- You may be having a mixed episode.
- You may have another illness such as schizophrenia or brief psychotic disorder.
Other Important FactorsYou must also consider these elements:
- Did your symptoms begin with the use of an illegal drug? If Yes, a diagnosis of mania can't be confirmed, but you should seek treatment immediately.
- Did your symptoms begin after the use of a prescription medication or other medical treatment? If Yes, the presence or absence of bipolar mania must be evaluated by a doctor, but again, you should seek treatment immediately.
In ConclusionThe psychiatric symptoms listed above are always a cause for concern, and may indicate a manic episode. If you are troubled by any of them, seeking medical help is recommended.
Disclaimer: This test is not a diagnostic tool. Only a healthcare provider can diagnose mania.