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Bipolar Self-diagnosis – Mania

Much like depression, mania is frequently more obvious to those around us that we are becoming manic or hypomanic than it is to us. Impaired judgment is every bit as much a part of mania as it is a part of depression, and it is not uncommon for someone on a manic upswing to think they simply feel so good because the damn depression is finally over.  Family and friends can usually tell the difference quite easily, although convincing the manic subject of his/her mania can be quite a different matter.

Goldberg Mania Scale

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1993  Dr Ivan Goldberg

The items  below  refer  to how you have  felt  and behaved DURING THE PAST WEEK. For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true, by circling one of the numbers that follows it.  Using the following scale:

1. My mind has never been sharper.

1 2 3 4 5

2. I need less sleep than usual.

1 2 3 4 5

3. I have so many plans and new ideas that it is hard for me to work.

1 2 3 4 5

4. I feel a pressure to talk and talk.

1 2 3 4 5

5. I have been particularly happy.

1 2 3 4 5

6. I have been more active than usual.

1 2 3 4 5

7. I talk so fast that people have a hard time keeping up with me.

1 2 3 4 5

8. I have more new ideas than I can handle.

1 2 3 4 5

9. I have been irritable.

1 2 3 4 5

10. It’s easy for me to think of jokes and funny stories.

1 2 3 4 5

11. I have been feeling like “the life of  the party.”

1 2 3 4 5

12. I have been full of energy.

1 2 3 4 5

13. I have been thinking about sex.

1 2 3 4 5

14. I have been feeling particularly playful.

1 2 3 4 5

15. I have special plans for the world.

1 2 3 4 5

16. I have been spending too much money.

1 2 3 4 5

17. My attention keeps jumping from one idea  to another.

1 2 3 4 5

18. I find it hard to slow down and stay in one place.

1 2 3 4 5

A score of 20 or higher on the mania scale suggests the possible need for an evaluation by a psychiatrist.

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