Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 6th-12th, 2013
If you answer yes to many of these questions you may have bipolar (also called manic depression).
- At times I am much more talkative or speak much faster than usual.
- There have been times when I was much more active or did many more things than usual.
- I get into moods where I feel very 'speeded-up' or irritable.
- There have been times when I have felt both high (elated) and low (depressed) at the same time.
- I have been much more interested in sex than usual.
- My self-confidence ranges from great self-doubt to equally great overconfidence.
- There have been GREAT variations in the quantity or quality of my work.
- For no apparent reason I sometimes have been VERY angry or hostile.
- I have periods of mental dullness and other periods of very creative thinking.
- At times I am greatly interested in being with people and at other times I just want to be left alone with my thoughts.
- I have had periods of great optimism and other periods of equally great pessimism.
- I have had periods of tearfulness and crying and other times when I laugh and joke excessively.
For a more in-depth questionnaire (the one this one was taken from) please go to Psych Central's Bipolar Screening page. It may prompt you to see a therapist for therapy, and/or a doctor for medication.
For more information on Bipolar see:
Medline Plus Bipolar Disorder
Understanding Bipolar Disorder and Recovery
Psych Central Bipolar Disorder Fact Sheet
Myths and Facts About Depression and Bipolar Disorder
International Bipolar Foundation Facts About Bipolar
American Psychiatric Association Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
Help Guide Bipolar Disorder Signs & Symptoms
NIMH Bipolar Disorder
List of People With Bipolar
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance: Bipolar Disorder Statistics
Bipolar Web Centers
WebMD Bipolar Disorder Health Center
MayoClinic Bipolar Disorder
Esperanza Hope to Cope With Anxiety and Depression
Anchor Magazine for Depression and Anxiety
Sane Your Mind Matters
Cultural and Social Groups
NAMI Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder
Facts About [Teens With] Bipolar Disorder
AACAP Facts About Children And Teens With Bipolar Disorder
Military Pathways Articles About Bipolar Disorder
NAMI Mental Health In the Military
Mental Health Issues among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) People
Mental Illness Policy: 250,000 Mentally Ill are Homeless. The number is increasing.
PsychCentral Women & Bipolar Disorder
WebMD Women With Bipolar Disorder
PsychCentral In Bipolar, Women Lean Toward Depression, Men Toward Mania
Health: Bipolar Disorder Is Different for Women
PubMed Current issues: women and bipolar disorder
PubMed Women and Bipolar Disorder Across the Life Span
CBS Experts: Bipolar Disorder Often Goes Undiagnosed In African-Americans
Womenshealth.gov Minority Women's Health: Mental health problems and suicide
Stigma haunts mentally ill Latinos
Increased Metabolic Syndrome Risk for Asian Bipolar Patients
PRIDE Institute Bipolar Disorder
The Gazette Experts look to bipolar disorder part of homelessness equation
Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation What is Juvenile Bipolar Disorder?
National Association of School Psychologists Bipolar Spectrum Disorders: Early Onset
The Balanced Mind Foundation About Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Mayo Clinic Bipolar disorder in children: Is it possible?
About.com Diagnosis of Early Onset Bipolar Disorder
About.com Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder – Beyond Obscurity
The Bipolar Child
PsychCentral Is Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder Simply Normal Childhood?
Bipolar occurring with other medical conditions
NAMI Pregnancy and Depression
NAMI Post-partum Depression
WebMD Bipolar Disorder in Pregnancy
NAMI Managing Pregnancy and Bipolar Disorder
PschCentral Bipolar Disorder and Pregnancy
CNN Health Do pregnancy and bipolar disorder mix?
How to Handle Bipolar Disorders During Pregnancy in 12 Steps
Bipolar Disorder In Pregnancy & Postnatal