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Bipolar Disorder Quiz

Bipolar disorder can have a wide range of triggers and symptoms. Test your bipolar IQ to see how much you know.

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Bipolar Disorder Quiz
Bipolar Disorder Quiz
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True or false: Bipolar disorder runs in families.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Heredity is one major risk factor for bipolar disorder.

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What's the difference between major depression and bipolar disorder?

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The correct answer is: Bipolar patients have episodes of mania, or high mood swings. People with bipolar disorder may take some of the same drugs as those with depression, but overall treatment is different.

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How many people in the U.S. have bipolar disorder?

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The correct answer is: At least 2 million people in the United States have this illness.

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True or false: Bipolar disorder usually starts before the age of 35.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Bipolar disorder usually starts before the age of 35. Often, it begins in young adulthood.

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True or false: We don't know what causes bipolar disorder.

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The correct answer is: This is true. We don't know exactly what causes bipolar disorder, but researchers think it may be caused in part by an imbalance in brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Genetics also plays a part.

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Which of the following chemicals is a neurotransmitter?

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The correct answer is: All three are neurotransmitters and may play a role in many mental conditions.

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Which of the following is a symptom of mania?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. During a manic episode, a person with bipolar disorder feels overly excited and confident. They may change suddenly from being joyful to being angry and hostile; behave in strange ways; become restless; talk rapidly; believe they have many skills and powers and make grand plans. Drug and alcohol abuse are often common.

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Which of the following is a symptom of the depressive state of bipolar disorder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition to all of the above symptoms, a person in a depressive state may attempt suicide and become focused on death. They may sleep poorly, have fuzzy thinking, complain of headaches and lose interest in sex and other activities.

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True or false: Once bipolar symptoms are gone, it's OK to stop taking medications.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Bipolar symptoms can quickly reappear when a patient stops taking medications. Never stop taking medicines without talking to your doctor.

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How many people with bipolar disorder have a relapse in the first year?

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The correct answer is: About 40 percent relapse in the first year and almost 75 percent over five years. Relapse often occurs when a person has stopped taking medication or the medication no longer works.

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What is lithium used for?

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The correct answer is: Lithium is a mood stabilizer that works to lessen manic episodes. It's one of the older drugs used to treat bipolar disorder.

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Why are frequent blood tests necessary if I take lithium?

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The correct answer is: Patients who take lithium need to have frequent blood tests to make sure lithium blood levels don't get too high.

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Bipolar disorder may increase the risk of which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. It's not clear why, but people with bipolar disorder are at higher risk for all of these conditions, along with thyroid disease, obesity and migraines.

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What is a mood chart?

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The correct answer is: A mood chart is a diary that patients use to keep track of daily feelings, activities, sleep patterns, medication, side-effects and important life events. A mood chart helps patients and their medical team manage their bipolar disorder.

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Why is bipolar disorder often misdiagnosed?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Because bipolar disorder is so hard to diagnose, it's important to discuss all symptoms with a physician.

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What's the difference between bipolar I and bipolar II disorders?

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The correct answer is: Bipolar II involves more severe depression than bipolar I, but less severe mania.

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True or false: Hypomania is a less severe form of mania.

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The correct answer is: This is true. This form of mania is common in people with bipolar II disorder. It is less dangerous and involves periods of extreme happiness and irritability. It's also more productive than mania in bipolar I.

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What is cyclothymic disorder?

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The correct answer is: Cyclothymic disorder is a mild form of bipolar disorder. It involves periods of hypomanic, or mildly manic, episodes followed by periods of mild depression.

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True or false: Most people find living with cyclothymic disorder isn't too difficult.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Even though symptoms of cyclothymic disorder are milder than those of bipolar I or II, cyclothymic disorder can still make it difficult to function normally, and it may lead to problems with work or family and friends. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned.

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What is a mixed episode?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A mixed episode is marked by symptoms of both depression and mania that happen either simultaneously or alternate rapidly. Doctors may order thyroid tests or brain scans to eliminate other causes.

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