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3 Minute Bipolar Disorder Test

Based on the work of Dr. Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D.

Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BD). Please read each question carefully, and indicate whether it applies to you or not.

Your privacy is protected. All results are anonymous.

Question 1 of 10

Over the past few months...

There were days where I felt tired and fatigued trying to perform even the smallest of tasks or physical activities, even though I was getting enough sleep.


The IDRlabs 3 Minute BD Test (IDR-3MBDT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-3MBDT is based on the work of Dr. Robert Hirschfeld and his colleagues, who created the Mood Disorder Questionnaire. The IDR-3MBDT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology, or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs 3 Minute BD Test was informed by Dr. Hirschfeld, et al.’s criteria for BD as published in Hirschfeld, Robert M.A., M.D., Janet B.W. Williams, D.S.W., Robert L. Spitzer, M.D., Joseph R. Calabrese, M.D., Laurie Flynn, Paul E. Keck, Jr., M.D., Lydia Lewis, Susan L. McElroy, M.D., Robert M. Post, M.D., Daniel J. Rapport, M.D., James M. Russell, M.D., Gary S. Sachs, M.D., John Zajecka, M.D., “Development and Validation of a Screening Instrument for Bipolar Spectrum Disorder: The Mood Disorder Questionnaire.” American Journal of Psychiatry 157:11 (November 2000) 1873-1875. Hirschfeld RMA, Williams JBW, Spitzer RL, et al. Development and validation of a screening instrument for bipolar spectrum disorder: The Mood Disorder Questionnaire. Am J Psychiatry. 2000; 157:1873–1875. Hirschfeld, R. (2002). The mood disorder questionnaire. The Primary Care Companion 4(1):9-11.

The work of Dr. Hirschfeld and his colleagues has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the Mood Disorder Questionnaire, for clinical use especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs 3 Minute BD Test are independent from the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The 3 Minute BD Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of the clinical concept of Bipolar Disorder. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential bipolar and related disorders. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive mental health assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.

As the publishers of this free online 3 Minute BD quiz, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs and symptoms of bipolar and related disorders, we have strived to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting this test to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present 3 Minute BD Test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This 3 Minute Bipolar Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to extreme mood swings.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of M.D.s and is designed to deliver a clear clinical picture of the respondent’s current symptoms indicating Bipolar, as measured according to standardized items.

3. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.