Bipolar Disorder affects about 2.3 million people in America today. That means 1 out of every 7 people has bipolar disorder. However, there are a percentage of people who may be bipolar and not know it yet. There is a good chance that you or someone you know could be bipolar. It is not easy to diagnose bipolar disorder and many people are often misdiagnosed. As a result, many suffer a great deal until they are properly and accurately diagnosed.
There are a few ways to check if you are bipolar. If you are exhibiting the usual symptoms that go with the disorder, your doctor may order blood tests, brain fluid tests and brain scans. The problem is, there is no single test which can actually lead to diagnosing the disorder. Your doctor will take your different tests results and compare the findings with your symptoms. This is why some people are misdiagnosed. However, you can test yourself for bipolar disorder using a variety of tests available online. Just like other medical tests, they aren’t 100% accurate but you can take the results to a doctor and have him or her take other tests and evaluate your symptoms. You must remember that these internet tests can be faulty, and some are even scams to take your money. You should always use a reliable website; and take your results to a doctor before taking any medication.
There are a number of websites that allow taking tests that will help determine if you have bipolar disorder. Remember that these tests are not 100% accurate but are a good way to help you decide if you should go to the doctor for further testing. You should always go to official or authorized bipolar disorder sites allowed to conduct or give such tests. You can get these official websites of bipolar disorder from pamphlets or form your doctor. Unofficial websites could be scams. The ways to spot a scam include:
- To take the test you must enter a credit card number
- At the end of the test it asks for personal information
- The site tries to sell you medications after you take the tests
If a bipolar testing site does any of these three things it’s most likely a scam, and you shouldn’t take the test at all. However, the way to spot a good website includes:
- A variety of information about bipolar disorder
- Gives you a list of 2 or more tests
- Everything stays on that site, it doesn’t redirect you to another site
- The test is printable
- You don’t have to enter a credit card number
- The site doesn’t ask for personal information other than an email address
These are the signs of a website that has tests that can help you. Remember to always take the results to your doctor before starting on any medication or treatment recommended by the site. Only your doctor can order more tests to help confirm the initial diagnosis.
A Deceitful Doctor
There have been cases in the past where doctors from small clinics claiming to be able to run blood work and scans or tests that will give you a 100% accurate diagnosis. There is NO scientific evidence to prove that these tests, scans or blood work can actually give you a 100% accurate diagnosis. However, these tests may help your doctor determine whether to order additional tests to help confirm or back-up the initial findings. Also a good doctor won’t order many unnecessary tests as he or she is likely to spend longer evaluating your symptoms rather than your test results from the site. Also remember that your family history plays a big part in whether you have the disorder or not. Many people with bipolar disorder have a family history of the disorder. You need to make sure that your doctor isn’t making false claims, that he is paying attention to your family history and paying very close attention to your symptoms. If your doctor is doing things incorrectly go see another doctor. Your health is too important not be cared for correctly.
Symptoms to Watch For
Some people only go to the doctor when they are already very sick. Oftentimes people will feel that the bipolar disorder is their fault or that it is just plain depression or stress. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, then you may want to go to a doctor and talk about bipolar disorder:
- Deep Depression that lasts for more than 2 weeks
- Your family says you are overly energetic for mare than 2 weeks
- You choose to wear bright colors for a period of time before cooping yourself up in your room and refuse to talk to those around you
- Loss of interest in things that you enjoy
- You become irritable, and sensitive every few months for more than 2 weeks
- You are exhibiting risky or dangerous behavior
- You treat yourself to lavish vacations, or spur of the moment shopping trips that are putting you in debt
- you are hearing voices
- Suicidal Thought or actions
More than two of these symptoms together may be the signs of bipolar disorder and you should not take it for granted. Talk to your doctor immediately. You may be able to get on medication to stabilize your emotions.
It is important to remember that tests used for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder are not 100% accurate. Those who tell you otherwise, including doctors are liars. Make sure that if you test yourself, stay out of seedy websites that could scam you and if you are experiencing any bipolar- like symptoms, go and see your doctor. Also remember to never lie on written tests that the doctor may give you. Being honest is the first step to getting better.