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Bipolar Test

If you suspect yourself or someone you know, please have them do the following test.  Instead of believing that “Everyone thinks like this.” instead operate under the assumption that this test yields accurate results and that comparison with any other people is a flawed approach.

 

http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/bipolardisorder/self-test.cfm

 

That being the case – if you score highly, sit down and think of specific behaviours you exhibit that would support the results.  Without the, quite frankly poor, technique of using other people as a datim – can you disprove the evidence offered by the result of the test?  I say comparing yourself to others is useless because you can only know yourself.  Nomattter how incisive your character judgements or how honest your friends – you do not know them like yourself.

 

I urge you to treat this disease seriously.  It is a LIFE THREATENING ILLNESS.  If you were diabetic you wouldn’t argue that you could do without insulin.  Don’t be shortsighted, look after yourself.  You are ultimately responsible, not your family, friends or doctor.

Yours in health

H&J

21 comments on “Bipolar Test

  1. scraig21
    25/03/2014

    Being bipolar is not that bad It is a strange disease with a wondering dx but a lot of people that have it think 3 times more into our crazy brain Advantages we require little sleep,we have a answer for more than one?we love to clean if we can’t sleep,shit who said any thing about sleep we still have our eye’s open.we love to be social,We love to make people laugh,We look inside more to see what all the ruckus is about,we love to experiment,we can entertain our self,we have great big arms to hold you,we love[ GOD’S blessings].we do not require illegal drugs we have our own chemical drug that is manufactured in our own brain however the side effects are a little overwhelming at times.we all get there to early or to late for the show to begin.we think like twin’s. Advantage over people without bipolar we are all slim,we are easy to please xmas shopping is easy for us ,we love almost everything,we are never short changed by money.well there is a way there is a will.we take the time out to help others.we appreciate almost every thing,we adjust well to many situations .maybe some differences are where we have inherited this from. Our opinions about GOD may be a little different.,but I am pretty sure we all pray to the same GOD.we have double strength when one part of us feel’s tired the other is ready to go.we come up with great ideas,The disease is not contagious,may be inherited by our ancestors.look on the bright side their where more than one,we hardly ever get lonely just missed.If it get’s to out of control.There is tx options.where you will feel good about making a choice of the right meds for you .Its not as bad as it seems.we are not all tied together we do have that freedom.So watch what you say about other’sThey may be bipolar to .Then you would be making fun of two people at the same time.we do not like to\get our feelings hurt from, all of you think you know it all’s.

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  2. Although this is a short post, what it has to say is both life-changing and life-saving. I think the self-test you selected is a good one (although of course it’s ideal if someone will agree to be assessed by a professional), and your plea to take the illness seriously will, I pray, not fall on deaf ears. Bipolar is indeed a serious illness, and deserves to be treated as such. Thank you for adding your voice to that truth.

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    • drheckleandmrjibe
      28/03/2014

      Thanks for taking the time to reply, Rhona. The hardest thing is getting someone to give themselves the chance of a diagnosis. Social stigma reinforces denial to a point where you have to smash through it with harder truths than a depressed person wants to hear. All because no one wants to be seen as part of the ‘mental defective league’ with us.

      I hope in our lifetime things change significantly. Thanks to the weight that the internet can lend to causes I’m optimistic.

      All the best,
      H&j

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      • Marie Abanga
        31/05/2014

        Hi H&J,

        Thanks for the test. You see, it all boils down to the person giving themselves a chance. I am slowly but surely pushing my brother towards giving himself that chance because I know something changed 15 years ago. I witnessed those changes and my brother almost killed my 10 month old son, he who would in time gone, not hurt a fly intentionally. He is on medication though but a final diagnosis is yet to come. Based on what l witnessed and still do, l tried the test for him and he scored more than 22. l know it is a hypothesis but someday, l am optimistic. Thanks once more and indeed we are grateful for the internet. I mean, even I may have been down there if only l had been diagnosed and all. Who picks a knife and goes irrational and moody and all but a ‘BP’ friendly candidate?
        Kind regards, Marie author of My Unconventional loves

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  3. manicmacca
    28/03/2014

    Hi there, I’ve been diagnosed 3 yrs now and it took very drastic action on my part to even get recognised. Even some people say oh I’m stronger than that an I won’t let depression get the better of me, what a load of crap is all I’ll say. We don’t get a choice in the matter do we?? I just wish my family and friends would take a few minutes of there time to learn just a little bit about Bipolar an maybe then they’ll shut up hey.
    Thanks for the link to self diagnoses I’ve forwarded it on to a few friends who I believe maybe in the same boat as us. Hopefully it’ll helps them quicker than was helped.
    Enjoy reading your posts so keep them coming

    Brian ( MANICMACCA )

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    • drheckleandmrjibe
      28/03/2014

      Hello Brian,

      FIrstly, thanks a lot for the kind words and support. It means a lot.

      If this page can plant a seed with even one person then it has all been worth the effort really! Enabling someone to take a serious look inwards and approach just the possibility of a diagnosis would feel like a HUGE achievement to me, because I remember how resistant I was to the idea. Hope your friends engage with the test and take the results seriously!

      All the best,
      H&J

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  4. scraig21
    28/03/2014

    Iwas dx with being bipolar about 12 years ago.IT IS A VERY STRANGE DISEASE .I HAVE VERY HIGH MOOD’S THAT CAUSE ME TO FEEL VERY HIGH. IN A NATURAL WAY.I WILL TELL YOU THE TRUTH I ACTUALLY ENJOY THAT FEELING I FEEL SMART ENERGETIC.SOME TIME THE FEELING IS SO INTENSE IT SENDS ME TO A MENTAL HOSPITAL.THEY ADJUST MY MEDS. AND OBSERVE ME FOR ABOUT 3 DAYS.THEN I COME HOME AND GET MYSELF BACK DOWN TO FACE REALITY .I REQUIRE VERY LITTLE SLEEP.I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT OTHER’S UNDERSTANDING

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  5. scraig21
    28/03/2014

    GET TO KNOW YOUR DISEASE.THEN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CONTROL YOUR VERY HIGH MOOD’S I KNOW ITS EASIER SAID THAN DONE .IT IS HARD TO CONTROL IT BY LOVING THE FEELING YOU GET.

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  7. larainbriggs
    12/04/2014

    I tested myself just to check that the psychiatrists have been correct all these years. The test and psychiatrists appear to agree. I intend to have a good look at this site, thank you for sharing 🙂

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  8. Harold Knight
    02/06/2014

    I’ve been in treatment almost as long as you’ve been alive. First one thing and then another, and finally Bipolar II. I almost never have a “high,” but the lows are (almost) deadly. So I take my meds, live my life, and and a couple of friends who keep track of me. I haven’t had an “episode” for almost 10 years. It’s not the worst problem to have.

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    • drheckleandmrjibe
      02/06/2014

      I agree that it isn’t the worst problem to have, but before my diagnosis it came close. When you don’t know WHY things are happening the way they are, you write all kinds of strange and self-assassinating narratives to explain the symptoms of the illness and the inconsistencies in life. Now I’m medicated, it isn’t too bad at all. Before that – it was guaranteed to get me killed sooner or later.

      You highlight an important point though – that being the need for a support network, however small, of reliable people who will not allow your illness to win the debate. If not for the intervention of a friend in march I would now be homeless, perhaps dead. I went right off the deep end and I no longer had the strength to argue with the wrong thoughts – luckily a friend spotted what was happening and verbally smacked some sense into me.

      Cheers for coming and taking the time to post Harold.

      All the best,
      H&J

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  9. Ron
    26/06/2014

    Thanks for following my blog. I am humbled and delighted.Cheers.

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    • drheckleandmrjibe
      26/06/2014

      I came for the horror scope and stayed for the dip 😛

      If there is anyone out there less likely to humble anyone, it’s me. I’m glad you’re pleased though!

      All the best,
      H&J

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  10. Nancy Virden
    28/06/2014

    Hey, thanks for following Compassionate Love. Looks like we are on a similar mission.

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    • drheckleandmrjibe
      28/06/2014

      We are indeed 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment, comrade!

      All the best,
      H&J

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  11. 2sheepinthecity
    28/06/2014

    Thank you for the test.

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  13. Cica
    22/07/2014

    Well I took the test and hands down I am. Of course I already knew that, but it was good to see it on paper, so to speak. Thank you for your on going effort to bring attention and help to people who not only struggle with this disease, but for the people who have lost loved ones to this disease.

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