Does my child have bipolar disorder? Is my child bipolar? If you see suspicious signs of bipolar on your child, you might find it helpful to take this free bipolar quiz. The test may help you to decide if you need to seek a formal bipolar diagnosis or not for your child.
Bipolar disorder is more likely to be diagnosed in older children and teenagers, but children of any age such as 1-3 years old toddlers can experience it as well. Studies show that about 4% of people under 18, including children as young as 5 years old, have Bipolar disorder.
Adapted from the MDQ-Adolescent Version (MDQ-A), the quiz is designed to screen for Bipolar Spectrum Disorder including Bipolar I, Bipolar II and Bipolar NOS in adolescents (ages, 12-17 years). Clinical trials have indicated that the MDQ-A has a high rate of accuracy. Filled out by the parent, the quiz has 13 yes-or-no questions and queries about psychosocial impairment (eg, school, social, legal problems) and co-occurrence. The bipolar questionnaire can be finished in five minutes by parents and can provide important insights into diagnosis and treatment.
The child bipolar questionnaire cannot make a definitive diagnosis. A positive screening does not signify that the child in fact has bipolar disorder. Having symptoms of bipolar disorder is different from having bipolar disorder. In addition, symptoms of child bipolar disorder can be caused by other mental health conditions or other health problems. A thorough diagnosis for bipolar comes from a specialist or registered medical professional. Only a trained professional is qualified to make a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. If you suspect your child has bipolar disorder, the best thing you can do is to talk to your family doctor or a therapist specialized in recognizing the bipolar disorder.
Take Bipolar Quiz for Children & Teens (12 to 17 years old)
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