Online Bipolar Tests: Informational Tools Or Official Diagnosis?

Updated November 25, 2022 by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Are You Interested In Getting An Official Diagnosis?

Do I Have Bipolar Disorder?

To answer this question, you could go to a mental health professional and ask them for a diagnosis. List your symptoms and describe what you've been going through. They can provide a clinical evaluation and additional tests to determine what you are experiencing and provide you with a diagnosis. 

If you're having thoughts of harming yourself or someone else, you should visit your local emergency room, crisis center, or doctor right away. If you are managing suicidal thoughts, get in touch with the National Suicide and Crisis Prevention Hotline by dialing 988 at any time of day or night.

What if you are only a few mental health concerns and wondering whether they could be symptoms of bipolar disorder? In this case, one of the easiest and quickest ways to put yourself on the right track could be to take a bipolar test.

Bipolar Test Types

Reliable tests to determine the presence of bipolar disorder can be administered by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed therapist. Some of these tests may be on paper and pencil and can require you to answer a few questions. Others may involve entering answers into a computer, which the professional will then review as part of your diagnosis to help provide treatment recommendations. 

For those with concerns about bipolar disorder, testing alone isn't the only thing necessary. Clinicians must also conduct an evaluation interview for a proper diagnosis. The interview may include questions about family medical and mental health history, your background information, and information about your present situation. This process may also include a referral to a medical doctor to rule out physical concerns and underlying medical problems.

Quizzes that are found online often aren't checked for validity or reliability in actual diagnosis.

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is still in its infancy, but some are very encouraged by results that show that genetic testing may be able to demonstrate a likelihood of development of bipolar disorders. It is important to note that these types of tests can only show if you might develop bipolar, not whether or not it is a current issue for you. A licensed mental health clinician can examine other factors in your environment and history along with genetic test results to determine your diagnosis.

What to Do Next

After you take tests and consult with a mental health professional, you may be quite anxious for a direct answer. Your mental health care professional, psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist will likely discuss results with you to help you understand what they might mean for you. They will also likely go over treatment options should your results indicate treatment is needed.

Get Help Interpreting And Evaluating The Results

Treatment for bipolar disorders can often involve medication, which requires visiting a psychiatrist or medical doctor for both prescription of medication treatment, and ongoing evaluation to determine its effectiveness. Note that advice regarding medication can only come from a medical professional.

Licensed counselors are available at BetterHelp to provide Bipolar diagnosis and treatment options.

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Begin Treatment If You Have Bipolar

If the bipolar test shows you probably do have bipolar disorder, we advise getting into treatment as early as possible. Don't wait for the 'right' time. Don't wait for your symptoms to get worse. Early treatment can be the best way to reduce the effects the disease may have on your mental and physical well-being.

Takeaway

Bipolar disorder and its symptoms can be challenging. There are online bipolar tests that can provide some insight into the reality of your symptoms, but they are no substitute for diagnosis and treatment from a medical doctor. To get in touch with a qualified therapist for an official diagnosis, consider reaching out to BetterHelp.

Various studies have demonstrated that online therapy is just as effective if not more effective than in-person therapy when it comes to treating certain conditions. Online therapy is convenient and discreet, and many people even tell that they are more comfortable disclosing personal details about their lives and emotional state online rather than in-person. 

Talking to a therapist is an excellent first step whether you have bipolar disorder or not. Getting help with mental health challenges is a sign of strength, not weakness.

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