If you are unaware, what bipolar disorder actually is, here is a brief introduction. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness which causes its victim to have unexpected and uncontrolled mood swings. At times, the patient may have extraordinarily alleviated mood, medically called mania, while at other times they may go through the spans of depressed mood, feeling gloomy.
Both of these mood swings may occur separately or even at the same time in mixed episode. Bipolar disorder mainly targets youngsters or those in early adult age. Almost half of the victims found so far are below the age of 25 and many are in classes to learn how to weld.
Self-Test for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder cannot be diagnosed easily, especially when it is in its initial stages. Often, the symptoms are mistaken as separate mood problems and the victim fails to look at them as parts of a bigger problem. The greatest problem with this disorder is that it stays undiagnosed for years because there is no physical test available to diagnose it. Nothing like saliva test or blood test, etc. works for bipolar disorder.
So it is the patient himself who needs to observe his own behavior carefully. If you suspect that the symptoms are pointing towards bipolar disorder, you can confirm it by following these major instructions:
1- Notice carefully that how often you don’t feel like yourself and end up having to excuse for your behavior. You need to be candid in this regard and note both the alleviated and depressed moods.
2- Track your sleep routine. Take notes of how long did you sleep the previous night and how many hours did you experienced insomnia as well as, how many times did you feel that you need to sleep more than your routine.
3- When you notice abnormal sleep tendencies as mentioned above, try to correlate it with your energy level and mood swings. E.g. you may find out that higher sleep tendency may be resulting in periods of depressed moods, loneliness, and even a tendency to attempt suicide.
4- Take a record every time you think that you exhibited irresponsible or risky behavior, putting yourself in danger. When a patient is going through manic phase, he may show reckless behavior, such as throwing away a lot of money, driving fast or indulging in immoral sexual relations.
If you manage to keep this record and then visit a doctor, telling him about these facts, it would be easier for him to diagnose with precision.
Bipolar Disorder Self-Test
You can find a lot of questionnaires on internet which are designed specifically to help a person diagnose whether he is suffering bipolar disorder or not before to enrolls in a class to learn how to MIG weld. These are in the form of multiple choice questions, and once you have taken the test, you would be presented with a score based on your answers. In most cases, the higher the score, the greater is the possibility that you have become a victim of this disorder. The questionnaires are usually composed of such questions as;
- Sometimes I speak rapidly and feel that I am more talkative than usual routine
- I have gone through such periods when I feel elevated and depressed at the same time
- Sometimes I felt myself active than usual and doing much more than normal routine
- I sometimes experience an obvious difference between the quality and quantity of my work.
- I sometimes feel extraordinarily optimistic, while at other times I feel equally pessimistic.
If the bipolar disorder goes unaddressed for long time, it can even turn fatal for the patient, putting him in life threatening situations, because, stay aware that suicide rates among the patients of bipolar disorders are much higher. This long term disorder needs to be treated carefully. Self-tests can be really helpful in diagnosing this disorder in time, so that you may be able to lead a healthy stress free life.