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The Fast-Whittaker Bipolar Disorder Assessment:
Over the past year, I’ve been working with renowned mental health author, educator and researcher Julie A. Fast to create a FREE comprehensive questionnaire for assessing Bipolar Disorder. We’ve spent a lot of time carefully choosing the questions based on our experience advocating for – and living with Bipolar Disorder. Our hope is that this helps people achieve a more accurate diagnosis – sooner. We’ve turned the questionnaire into a downloadable PDF you can save and print out for convenience.
Here’s what you should do with this PDF: Go through the questions when you are feeling more-or-less “stable.” If you answer them when you are depressed, angry, or anxious, your responses might reflect your current state instead of an “overall insight” into your life. Once you’ve completed it, take it to your family doctor, therapist, or psychologist for review. This person can then help you find a bipolar disorder specialist for an official review of your symptoms. If you aren’t up to it, have a family member or loved one fill out the questionnaire based on their observations of your behavior. Just make sure to let the doctor know if someone else helped you fill it out.
You might notice that there aren’t any instructions for “scoring” the assessment. Like I said, this isn’t a self-diagnosis tool. At the same time, we worked really hard to keep each section to an even 10 questions. This makes it really easy for medical professionals to come up with their own appropriate scoring system if they like. If you are a medical professional and want to use the FWA, please do. It’s free, and you don’t need to ask permission. The only thing we ask is that you respectfully don’t alter or change the assessment in any way.
If you found the assessment to be helpful, please consider supporting the people who took the time to make it. Julie is an amazing educator and her books have changed my life. I can’t recommend her work enough. If you’ve found my channel and videos helpful, please consider supporting Polar Warriors by joining our private Patreon Community. We are completely supported by donations and really need your help to keep a good thing going! =)
Take good care and I’ll be back soon with more Polar Warrior videos. Stay well!
“You might notice that there aren’t any instructions for “scoring” the assessment. Like I said, this isn’t a self-diagnosis tool.”
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