This self–screening test was developed by Dr. Douglas G. Jacobs, a key figure in National Depression Screening Day (each October). It is not intended to substitute for a professional evaluation (to which D.C. Bar LAP can refer you), needed to actually make a diagnosis of Major Depression or Bipolar Disorder. You may also wish to visit the National Mental Health Screening site.
1. I have a decreased need for sleep.
2. I have much more energy than usual.
3. My thinking is speeded up.
4. I feel unusually euphoric and “high.”
5. I can’t seem to stop talking.
6. I can’t keep my mind on one thing—I jump from task to task.
7. I have a heightened interest in sex.
8. I am irritable and short–tempered.
9. I have a close blood relative who has had a serious emotional illness or alcohol abuse.
10. I think about dying or killing myself.
If you answered yes to five or more of these questions, and you have felt this way every day for several weeks, there is a good chance you are suffering from mania or manic-depression and should see a licensed mental health professional. If you answered yes to question 10, you should seek help immediately, regardless of your answer to any other questions.