Do I Have Bipolar?

“Do I have bipolar?” If you’re asking yourself that question, maybe you’ve noticed that your moods, your ups and downs, are more extreme than most other people’s. It could also be that these key symptoms of bipolar disorder are affecting your life, your job, your relationships. If so, then it’s time to get some straight answers to the question, “Do I have bipolar?”

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Do I Have Bipolar Symptoms?

Someone might say to you, “You’re so bipolar!” and chances are that is not the case. Most likely, that person is noticing some moodiness or indecisiveness that everyone feels at times.

On the other hand, if a loved one notices you struggling or you feel yourself struggling with extreme ups and downs that cause you to act and feel unlike yourself, check out this list of bipolar symptoms to see if you recognize any of them in yourself.

You can also take our online bipolar test, which acts as a symptom checker. When done, print out the results and share them with your doctor.

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I Think I Do Have Bipolar Disorder: What Now?

If you see the symptoms of bipolar disorder in yourself and begin thinking you do have bipolar disorder, then the next step is to see your doctor or mental health professional. Only a doctor can diagnose bipolar disorder, and without the diagnosis, you can’t begin treatment. Go here to learn more about how bipolar disorder is diagnosed.

There are specific diagnostic criteria your symptoms must meet before you can be diagnosed with bipolar, so getting to your doctor as soon as possible is important.

Get more information about diagnosing bipolar disorder.

Learn where to get mental health help.

What Treatments Are There for Bipolar Disorder?

Although bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness with severe ramifications, there are effective treatments for bipolar disorder. These treatments will assist in helping manage your symptoms so that you can lead a full and stable life. Trust your doctors to help you find the right treatment plan for you—you’ll be happy that you did.

Learn the importance of getting treatment for bipolar disorder.

So back to your question: “Do I have bipolar disorder?” Without seeing a qualified doctor, you won’t know for sure. That’s your first step to find out.

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Holly, K. (2021, December 28). Do I Have Bipolar?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 19 from

Last Updated: January 7, 2022

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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