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Took the test at psych central. I don't feel like the test was very accurate, having to answer questions basically with varying degrees of yes or no. Any other online tests recommended?
hotwings1 hotwings1 46-50, M 2 Responses Feb 27, 2012

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Thanks for explaining the sub-types and terminology. If I experience what you're describing as Bi-Polar II, like I feel pretty scattered and unable to focus well, is it possible I'm just having "normal" mood swings?

This can be very confusing stuff, even for professionals, since there are no approved biological (physical) tests, that I am aware of, that can determine whether someone is Bi-Polar. To directly respond to what you posted, there are tests you can take online but they will probably not be accurate bc self-diagnosis ba<x>sed on a self-administered test may point you in the right direction but can also be very misleading and inaccurate. A diagnosis of Bi-Polar can only truly be determined by a qualified professional who will take into account frequency, intensity, duration, etc., of symptoms. And even then, it is sometimes misdiagnosed. If you feel like this is the case you could seek a second or third opinion from a legit mental-health professional (as opposed to a non-psychiatric medical doctor). Be honest with whoever you speak with if you want he/she to be able to make an accurate assessment. <br />
There are two primary types of bi-polar with varying sub-types. Bi-Polar I (one) is not diagnosed unless someone has experienced at least one manic episode (see below). The manic episodes are typically followed (or sometimes preceded) by episodes of depression that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Bi-Polar II (two) is a bit trickier to diagnose because the diagnosis is made ba<x>sed on the presence of alternating (or sometimes co-occurring) hypo-manic and depressive episodes. <br />
A manic episode, for the sake of being creative, can resemble (but can be more or less intense than) taking crystal methamphetamine or even cocaine. In the beginning he/she feels, euphoric, self-confident, high on life, able to handle anything, focused, driven, full of energy, needs little or no sleep, etc, but towards the latter half of the "high" the person starts feeling anxious, confused, scattered, afraid, paranoid, out of control, and may even experience hallucinations. A hypo-manic episode is a milder form of this, often without the same intensity and and can sometimes even resemble a person just simply being in a really good mood. People with bi-polar can also be prone to mood swings, paranoid thinking, and reckless and erratic behavior either during or outside of manic/depressive episodes. Although these symptoms alone can also be indicative of certain types of personality disorders, so the presence of mania or hypomania and depression are the defining features. Bi-polar was formerly called manic-depression but was changed after they determined that some people can experience manic episodes without depression. Bi-polar II, on the other hand, has to include the presence of both hypo-mania and depression.<br />
Sorry if this long-winded response is not the answer you were hoping for. Still, I hope it helps. Good luck!