Bipolar Test

Bipolar Test

Do you often ask yourself, “Am I bipolar?”  Do you want to learn more about bipolar disorder, what are bipolar symptoms and how a person can tell if he or she has the disorder?   Bipolar disorder is a medical condition characterized by abnormal and abrupt mood swings.  These mood swings are known as mania and depression.   Bipolar disorder is classified generally into one of three types:  Type 1, Type 2 and Cyclothymia.

While bipolar disorder is diagnosed by a psychiatrist upon observation of at least one manic phase and one depressed state, a bipolar test can be used as an indicator of whether someone is suffering from mood swings that are so severe they should seek professional services.

If you feel as if there are times when you are abnormally upbeat, don’t require sleep, talk an excessive amount and very fast, have extreme sexual urges and have racing thoughts, you might be suffering from a manic episode.  A bipolar test can help you decide whether to see a psychiatrist or other mental health professional.

 Free Online Bipolar Quiz

A bipolar quiz can also help identify episodes of depression, which are generally characterized by an extremely low mental state, always feeling tired and sad, and even feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or someone else.

In addition to taking a bipolar disorder test, finding as much bipolar information as you can will also help answer many questions about the disorder.  Some bipolar info to consider reading up on is bipolar disorder in kids, common bipolar symptoms, living with bipolar disorder, treatment options and more.

While a bipolar quiz can be a good indicator if mood swings are very extreme and could potentially be bipolar disorder, it is important to note that a bipolar test is just an indicator and not a diagnosis.  The only way to definitively diagnose the disorder is for a psychiatrist to observe the manic and depressed episodes.  Please do not take this bipolar test and the bipolar info provided on this website as medical advice.  The free bipolar quiz provided here is for informational purposes only.  If you have any question about your general health, including severe mood swings, please visit a health care practitioner.

If you receive a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, your psychiatrist can be a great source of bipolar info, including arranging for support services, prescribing medications, more bipolar tests (if required) and putting together a comprehensive treatment plan so you can lead a happy, healthy and productive life with bipolar disorder.

Welcome to MyBipolarTest.com. Please complete this questionnaire to help determine if you may need to consult with mental health professional for a complete diagnosis and possibile treatment for bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Test Instructions: The following questions refer to your feelings and behaviors for most of your life. Your answer should reflect how your thoughts and feelings have always, even if they've recently changed. You should should be at least 18 years old and have suffered from at least 1 episode of depression for the quiz results to be accurate.

  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
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    Moderately
    Quite a lot
    Very much
  12. I have had periods of tearfulness and crying and other times when I laugh and joke excessively.
    Not at all
    Just a little
    Somewhat
    Moderately
    Quite a lot
    Very much

For more information on Bipolar disorder you can also visit the National Institute of Mental Health, Wikipedia’s page on Bipolar disorder, and the Mayo Clinic’s page on Bipolar Disorder.

Here is an interesting eBook about Understanding Bipolar Disorder. It talks about some of the myths and misconceptions.

Update 9/22/11 – We’ve been getting a lot of great comments on the bipolar test results page. Please take some time and read them.

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa September 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I have recently found out both biological parents are bipolar, and wanted to take the quiz.

Jeanette September 6, 2011 at 5:58 am

I’m on lexamil 20 at the moment, diagnosed recently with depression, but not always that way, lots of mood swings which are one minute up then down and the quiz is exactly the type of emotions i have……not sure if i’ve been propably diagnosed yet or does it take time?

Melissa September 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Jeanette, diagnosis can be tricky. I was a social worker for many years and saw that most of my clients went to the doctor when they felt depressed, so their doctors never really knew about the up mood swings. If you find on the lexamil that your mood swings are worse, you might want to call your doctor and make sure he/she knows about the other end of what’s happening to you. Hope that helps.

layrence smith September 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

looking for the answer if i am or not and what do i do next or ther any medications that help i have tried 8 over the past 7 years without any positive results

Christina Arnold September 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I am not so sure what I’m going through but it wasn’t until my recent relationship that my husband noticed all the mood sswings I have and how sudden they are. Going from ays of uncertainty and being depressed to being outgoing and attentive. I’m angry and loveable in a matter of a few minutes…..it has become so much more often lately that it is noticeable and my husband is asking me to see a doctor. We talk about it and thing I already have seen a doctor about and I just don’t know what to think anymore.

Ashton Cardinal September 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

i don’t want to believe it becaquse my brother doesnt believe it, so im just going to take more quizess just to make sure :\

maggie September 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

always kinda suspicious of myself that i’m bipolar. always have a mood swing without apparent reason. couple times bring me trouble wiith friends. just found out that i’m actually a bipolar

Julia September 30, 2011 at 1:53 am

Im 13, I think im bipolar. My score says Bipolar Spectrum Disorder. What should I do? I’m so confused with life all the time. Should I wait until im older and if it becomes a problem or should I just keep going on with life thinking im totally crazy.

Lana October 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Julia,
Talk to your parents & if they don’t listen, read online as much as you can about it & tell your school counselor. I believe I have suffered from bi-polar all my life but no one had a clue. I apparently have a very high functioning bi-polar & that’s why I’ve been misdiagnosed until the age of 32! I’ve held down a VERY stressful job for 11 years & was great at it until I had my child, hit rock bottom with post partum depression & then, all of a sudden a full blown MAJOR depressive episode with extreme anxiety & thoughts of suicide. The last 12 years of being on the wrong kind of medication , anti-depressants primarily, with all their horrible side effects have been a never ending roller coaster from hell for me & for my husband & I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. I had to finally “yell from all the rooftops”, figuratively speaking, I was suicidal before anyone took me seriously! Because I knew how to get all dolled up & make a good impression & I was funny & social, but only at certain times. I ended up taking a leave of absence from work because it got to the point where I was SO depressed I couldn’t function at all & yet all through the years, I’ve received multiple awards & recognition for exceptional performance & being very efficient. I was VERY creative as a child (writing poetry, stories, making up other countries, even their own languages for those made up countries :) & still am very creative as an adult but have also been very angry & violent. However, it mostly showed up at home & so no one saw the other side of it. At school I was very shy and angry, mostly at myself. I held it all in & no one really saw my creative side at school. (But I had slightly different circumstances, I moved from a different country when I was 14 so it was difficult to fit in) But I simply always thought that the big creative side of me, the enormous flight of ideas, the planning, excitement, rapid speech & taking a plan of action to implement it all was just who I was, unique & highly gifted individual. Now, I’m not talking about grandiosity here. There are very different levels of bi-polar. Sometimes I loved being the center of attention & had EVERYONE charmed in minutes & sometimes, I’d be a shrinking violet, feeling worthless. Horrible mood swings even as a child but in teenage years, more on the depressive side. As I understand it now, there are tests & treatments for children, there are genetic predispositions to make it more likely for you to have it, plus your upbringing & environment. It all can mascarade as many other disorders until you really look back & start asking the questions…the depressive side, the anger, violence are all apparent but the high energy mania, the energizer bunny effect was so rare to the extreme described, that I never thought of telling anyone about it. So, don’t freak out, research it more, see a Dr. & talk very honestly about ALL your feelings. At your age, they’ll only want to help, not lock you away somewhere. So don’t be scared, in a mild form, it’s actually not a bad disorder, you have a HUGE drive to do things that others would never think of doing (good or bad, is the only downside). It has a bad stigma & that sucks & that’s why you don’t go advertising it around, especially when you can keep it together, but if you look at the list of all the actors, models, authors, musicians, comedians & artists, you’d be shocked at just how many famous people have it & that’s why they’ve been so successful because of their drive to succeed and a sense of adventure & excitement. Really think about what you want to be when you grow up if you end up having it & just go after your big dreams. That will make all the difference in the world. Hope this helps.

Sarah November 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Lana,
What you said amazingly rang through to me. I was very depressive as a teenager, tried to commit suicide and after this continued with self harming. I have a good job and hold it down well and just thought I was an energetic person who was prone to depressive moments. I was given Prozac at the age of 17 and took them for a month and it was horrible, I never went back to the doctor about my moods after this. I still self harm at times, but quite often I am happy and energetic and can’t sit still for 2 minutes. I am successful at my job and have held down long term relationships so never considered I had something like bipolar until I got with my current partner. We’ve been together for 4 years and married for 2 and they were the one that suggested I may have this and explained that I have depressive episodes about twice a year and have manic episodes, but I had never considered this before because, as you say, I have always held things together in public quite well, then implode when I am on my own. I thought I was going crazy. But I mentioned this to my mum to see what she thought and she agreed it was quite likely that I had this. I want to get help for it, however I am very worried about the impact the ‘stigma’ would have on my life. Your driving tlicence is likely to be revoked, when you get a new job you have to write down medical conditions and due to the nature of my job I am greatly worried this would reduce my changes of getting a job in the future. Have you had any experience with this side of things?

I’m so worried to get help and be trapped with it as if it affected me getting jobs etc that would make me so much worse (do you just never tell anyone?) but I really feel like I need this help right now. I’d love to hear from anyone who has got help for it and the impact it has had on their lives, good or bad.

Sarah

Deena Rutherford October 8, 2011 at 2:12 am

I have been diagnosed with depression years ago and treated briefly. I then began to “not believe”the original diagnonsis…the medicine over a year made no change. Many years later I had my first son. When he was 7 weeks old we discovered I was pregnant again. Overjoyed with the blessing…overwhelmed with the thought of it all.Shortly after thebirth of my second son I was diagnosed with postpardem depression an gradually got up to 80mg of prozac daily. Still two years later I am still batteling a depression if not post pardem….myhusband and my self see and feel the drastic mood swings that overtake me and my day…my social life has stopped. Im totally a re luse

Whit October 18, 2011 at 4:27 am

I have been suffering over the last few years extremely bad with moments of depression and moments where I am extremely happy. I don’t know if this is bipolar disorder or just me. See when I was younger I was on Tegretol for epilepsy and after they took me off of it 10 years ago I haven’t been the same. 5 years ago my father passed away and I seem to have gotten way worse since then. But I can go from being extremely happy and not having a care in the world to violently angry in a matter of minutes, and by the time I’m done being angry its too late. I have said things that I didn’t mean and hurt people by what I have said to them and when its all said and done I honestly don’t remember most the time why I was angry in the first place. I don’t understand it, but I do know and realize that I may have a problem. I am just not sure if it is bipolar or I just have horrible mood swings. I also go through times that I’m so depressed that I don’t want to go to work or have anyone around me at all, which is not fair to my husband and kids. I really feel for them when I hit my depression because I know I am horrible to be around, very irritable, and snappy with everyone. I tend to be very hateful and no matter how hard I try to stop it and try to get out of that funk. I can’t, it seems to be a never ending battle, especially when I know I’m doing these things and I want it to stop because I do not like acting that way at all, and I can’t make it stop it is becoming overly frustrating, and it seems to be getting worse lately. I work evening shift for a place and lately they have been throwing me around the schedule everywhere and I’m to a point that it is stressing me out so badly that I don’t even want to get out of bed to go to work. Lately, I get up, get my kids off to school, and then head right back to my bed and sleep until about 45 mins. before I have to be at work. I don’t have to be at work until 3 p.m. so this is becoming a problem for me. The drive to work alone puts me in such a bad mood anymore, that on my way there I feel like this very heavy weight on my chest because I dread the thought of being there. And here lately everytime my boss’ number shows up on caller id I want to throw the phone or scream and yell at her for even calling me while I’m not at work. See she has been calling me into work a lot lately and changing my schedule without much notice which is very stressful when you have 3 kids and you are called and told you are working this whether you want to or not. I have been at this job for 7 months now and I already hate it. I have not really found a job that I truly like, no one likes to work, but when I started working for this place I loved my job, because I enjoy working with people. But lately, I could careless if they fire me for not showing up. I have never just not showed up to work at my job, but lately once again I’m going through this I don’t want to be around anyone or even try to take care of other people when I am not able to really take care of myself when I get this way. If it weren’t for my husband I honestly don’t know what I would do, he is a trooper and I love him more and more everyday he has to go through this. I know it has to get tiring that I’m always in bed and he has to take care of the kids while I’m at work as well as when I’m home, because I’m always exhausted lately. Most the time I don’t sleep when I go back to bed I just lay there and think about life and anything that might pop into my mind at the time. I do have an appointment scheduled for this week to talk with my dr about my mental health, so hopefully between the dr, my husband and myself we can figure this out.

bridget October 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

hi my name bridget i just wonder how i convisen my partner to go doctors to get checked out propley by a doctors, but he wont he says he nt a freak, i try to tell him doctors are there to help but he thinks there laugh at him, he goes from one extream to the next spending what we havent got to, voilte outburst , trashing the house even lashing out at me . i dnt know how much i can put up with, hes nt really intrested in family moment, hes on a downer saying he wants to kill himself and that no one there for him, he neva sleeps proopley goes 3 days with out sleep or sleeeps for days . eating very little a massive weight loss and now he started taking drugs which is making it alot worse , i had leave him at minute cause its all to much to handle and dnt know whic way to turn . can any one suggest out pls

Britni October 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

At the age of 13 I was diagnosed with post tramatic stress disorder. I had my first kid at 18 and my second one 14 months later. Since then I have been struggling wit depression anxity anger problems. But right now I’m goin through a divorce and seein another man. Idk if my feelings/emotions are gettin in the way. But one minute I can be the happiest person then the next I’m rippin peoples heads off. My gma has mentioned jackel and hyde a lot and says that’s the best discription of my moods. Can somebody who has been in my shoes please give me advice or something.

sarah October 29, 2011 at 12:28 am

I’m 14, am I haven’t really thought about what might be wrong with me.. I thought I was just a normal teenager.
Should I tell my mom? I mean, do people help with this kind of thing? My score said I had Bipolar Spectrum Disorder.. I’m not completely sure how bad that is.. but I think it means I need help.

Joanna marie November 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I have bipolar mania type2
Iget excited then ill feel like crap tired alot have anger problems I feel like I have these triggers that set it off I am getting. Better control now with meds it gets hard for people to understand those bad moments just take a deep breath and. Relax the first step is to accept it

tori November 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Do you have to be cretin age to be bi-polar? My dad would say it was just hormones because in 14 but…I dont really know. My mood changes really easily. Some times i feel like jumping around and am reallly excited but then the littlest things make me feel dejected. I speek way too fast for no reason a lot and end up getting really frustrated and stumbleing over my words. I have trouble calming down sometimes. I overeact to a lot of things and get irritated and feel like im losing controll wich makes me anxious. I get excited and nervous about things a lot. I do get very strong sexual urges(wich can be hormones)…anyway if its hormones it will end soon….but my friends seem more in controll than I am. I’m just tiered of this.

Shaun November 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

First of all being bipolar is not something that is cool or that anyone needs to go looking for. If you are bipolar and you want to know seek PROFESSIONAL HELP. I was diagnosed bipolar type 2 nearly five years ago. I didn’t search for problem or answers of why I am the way I am. I didn’t start looking for some magic drug to make it all better. I understood that I had an illness and I managed it in the best way I saw fit. I started taking medication. All from a Licensed Doctor. We spent months guessing at what would work; what would be the one medication that made me all better and able to be normal in public. I finally was put on Lithium and things for the first time started to become clear. My life slowed down and I wasn’t so fast or slow; or so high or low I was normal finally. After about a year of monthly blood tests and constant increases in dosages. I went to my Doctor and asked to be taken off my medication. He said that it was unwise and that the side effects would cause me more harm then I would want. Are you serious? What kind of poison have you been feeding me? I said. After another six pain filled months I would no longer drug dependent, I was still severally Bipolar but no more added issues with drugs. The point of me sharing this is that a mental illness can be dangerous if untreated fatal, but you should not have to look for tests or definitions that describe how you act for you to know who and what you are. Just to say this aloud. YOU ARE YOU! NO ONE IN THIS WORLD IS YOU OR WILL EVER BE YOU. YOU ARE SPECIAL, YOU ARE LOVED, AND YOU ARE NEEDED. Drugs only subdue the problems they never truly make them go away. I was lucky and found that with additional exercise, talk about my mood changes and having a loving supportive family I would live a long and fruitful life. and so can you. I have seen bipolar at its worst and at its best. I have seen it take my Father and I have seen it try to take the life of my brother. It is as you would say in my blood, but it will not control or destroy my life and it should not effect yours ether. We are human beings. We are strong and we can overcome anything. So stop looking for whats wrong with you and start growing the things that are right with you. Live, Love, and Laugh. Enjoy life, it go so fast.

kim dillingham November 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I have been dealing with these mood swings for years and im just curious to know if i am bipolar…

Korn Sevenfold November 17, 2011 at 4:18 am

I been bullied so much that ive become a great distrought to my feelings

Michael November 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I thought I was just depressed because of things that happen in my past.

Denisha Ingram November 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm

All my life I have had mood swings, anger, sadness, more anger and dont know where it comes from. just found out my dad is bipolar and wanted to take the test to see if I was to because I hate being this way but im use to it im about to be 21 at the age of 14 I tried to camit s…….cant say the word without feeling depressed hopes this tells me something so I can get some help I have a 15 month son n dnt want him to see me anger everyday of his life!!

David November 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I am taking this test, but feel there are reasons for my emotions and i am not manic or depressed, just frustrated.

Tracy Greasley November 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I have taken the test and I show all the signs of being Bipolar. This is something that has worried me for a long time and I need help please.

leslee December 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I’m right there with you David, I feel like I have so much going on that there are reasons or explainations of what I’m dealing with. I don’t feel as though I’m out of control, I choose to be alone because I’m not a fan of people, I deal with my own issues and my everyday life the way I feel is right for myself being wrong of right I will learn either way. Am I just in denial?

Ms. December 5, 2011 at 1:57 am

Life is hard. But, this is not a illness without physical roots. The problem at hand has a cause and a treatment. There is no cure. Face it now or face it ten years from now. It is your time and your life.

Manic Depressive illness (Bipolar) is caused by poor communication in the brain. Nerve cells called Neurons don’t send and receive chemicals like mentally healthy people. That is the basic idea.

There are many things to treat this not so uncommon disease, but first you need to seek professionals in mental health. They will not turn you away if you want help. If a few things on this test ring a bell, see a psychiatrist and get out all your issues on the table. Maybe you will walk away assured you are healthy or maybe he or she can save your life by not fixing it but improving your quality of life.

I believe strongly in mood stabilizers like Lithium, Lamitcal and for men maybe depakote. I have been diagnosed with type 1 Bipolar ten years ago and have been stable for 7 years. I work in healthcare as a professional, I go to school- working on my second degree, I live with family as a support system and have two cats. I am always in control of my emotions. When I sense a problem, either I feel bit too excited or the blues looks really harsh, I see my doc and we talk and tweek out a solution.

I am a 27.

Have hope.

nikki December 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm

i don’t know if I’m bipolar or have drug induced psychosis, i had a manic episode or a psychotic break they aren’t really sure but i have been moody in the past and used to punch holes in my walls and have cut myself and then have been fine the next day. i just really want to know if it is drug induced psychosis or bipolar

Lobster December 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

You are AWESOME Shaun! I appreciated your wisdom and thoughts on this subject. Had a nasty episode last night and is trying to figure out my next move. I can’t stand hurting my partner anymore as he watches me go through this. I agree with you that drugs is not the answer and we just need to find ways to cope with this illness. Thank you for your thoughts.

Jerry December 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I know for sure I haved depression

Jerry December 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

and I can’t shake it.

niki December 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I think this is a tricky disorder to diagnose to any person because it could just be your personality. Maybe you just get really talkative at times then really depressed afterwards. I swear they have a “term” for everybody these days.

Nancy December 24, 2011 at 3:47 am

My family has been very affected by my 52 year old sister’s behavior. She has often been the life of the party and then can become very angry within a few seconds. She recently ostracized all of us – my parents, my older sister, her husband’s mother, etc. after both my elderly, but otherwise active parents, got sick over the summer. She won’t speak to any of us and in turn, her two young daughters have turned against us as well. After doing much reading and going to a therapist myself, I’m convinced that she’s mentally ill. Not sure if it’s bipolar or borderline as she fits the descriptions of both – severe anger or hyper delight and energy, compulsive spending, grudge holding, seeing those around her as either gods or monsters (mostly monsters).

It’s been incredibly tough on my mom who is not perfect but does not deserve this treatment. It’s been suggested by therapists, pastors, friends that we keep our distance for now and wait for her to come to us. I suppose for myself I’d like to be clear of the differences between bipolar and borderline. It’s tough because I’d also like to hear stories of others whose family member deserted them. Has the bpd ever tried to come back into the fold?

blake December 25, 2011 at 4:39 am
Janet January 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I know something is wrong. Treating with my Psychiatrist to find the problem, almost next to impossible since my medical insurance has been canceled. I’m 64 years of age.

murat January 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm

longing for the results to show

Isabella January 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I have been experiencing certain symptoms and would like to learn more about what may be going on

Isabella January 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

i have been experiencing certain symptoms

tired of struggling January 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I’m 36yrs old and was diagnosed with bipolar/manic depressive in my early twenties,I never chose to be hospitalized and was on a outpatient program.I feel I’m having a major relapse now in my life,I feel as though life is not worth living to me anymore,I’m never happy even when I had a great job I was unhappy,i think about suicide more and more these days,the thought of death does not scare me,I see it as a way out to finally have peace,I’ve been struggling with this for so long and I’m just tired,i know I need help but I feel I can’t be helped,do I need to go ahead and admit myself to a hospital?

Darrell February 12, 2012 at 6:28 am

I scored Bipolar (41) and yet I have Celiac as well…. is their a connection???

Tired of Struggling, I’ve been there too, although I’m not about to tell you I have all the answers for you.
I will share with you, how I try to deal with it and lessen the blow.

Try not to entertain any thoughts that attack or beats up on you. If you are, then you may know that sinking feeling. Find a way to reprogram yourself away from those despairing thoughts. Without sounding like I’m trying to be preachy, I went back to my childhood thoughts of how good everything was when I was mediating on the “word” and the love our father has for us. I do lots of praying and I focus on answered prayers, I also try and focus on those people that have it worse (in other ways) than myself which helps balance perspective and help me stop dwelling on myself as much.
I also have noticed that I’m worse after eating certain foods. It’s been highly documented that people that are Celiac can suffer deep depressions when their auto-immune system turns on it’s self after eating gluten. Perhaps monitoring what your eating. For myself it started out, by going for a couple of days with little to eat and then introducing foods slowly and one at a time just to see if anything changes, eat healthy and try and stay away from junk foods, keep a diary on mood and foods eaten. Every time you see a “bout” check to see what you have been eating “leading up” to it, as well as, how much rest you have been getting.
Gluten is in everything these days, even chocolate, and because it is a protein that has been genetically altered to be up to 500 times more potent in protein, it kills off your GI tract.
Check to see if your rest periods are fostering REM. If your not entering REM, perhaps you have sleep apnea. Perhaps the running thoughts of “what’s wrong with me” can bring on a “session”. If it does, it can end up being a catch 22. I hope there is someone in your life that can demonstrates unconditional love and truly wants to see you better. Sometimes having a person that is willing to just listen can help.
Try pushing yourself lightly enough to get outside, even if it’s just a walk to the park, this gets your attention off yourself and hopefully you’ll be tired enough to fall back to sleep at the end of the day. Experts say try NOT to sleep on the couch, sleep in a dark bedroom…. without anything playing.
I find if I lay around all day, we can push our brains into just resting to the point we don’t want to fall asleep at night, yet we can’t seem to do anything else!!! Oh ya, structure your life to have the lest amount of stress if possible. I hope some of these things offer new insights while making good sense to you.
Keep monitoring yourself to see if you can find a trigger.
To sum it up… try to remember, your not alone, eat well, get the proper rest with REM.
I also try and take high dosages (mg) of vitamin B & D, they help especially if you suffer from Celiac.
Of course when your feeling well… you can get a “high feeling” which for myself is very obvious, it even caused two of my friends suggest that I’m bipolar!!!

helen February 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

I think my son is suffering from symptons of bipolar, but i’m unsure of what to do. He can be really nice and helpful and can’t do enough for me and the family, but equally his personality can change so quickley into this horrible agressive and sometimes quite nasty person I dont even recognise. How can I find out if he has got bipolar or not?

lateasha February 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I’m about to lose every thing I love if I don’t get help soon