Bipolar Interview

The individual I wish to interview would prefer to have their name kept from the record, and wishes their interview to be audio only. This individual has been diagnosed with Bipolar II, a less severe form of the disorder that often has more depressive spells than episodes of  mania.

Bipolar Interview Questions

  1. How old were you when the symptoms began?
  2. How old were you when diagnosed with bipolar disorder?
  3. How often did you deal with depressive episodes (that you recognized) prior to diagnosis?
  4. Did have you been on antidepressants in the past? How did they affect you?
  5. Has anyone in your family with episodes of mania?
  6. Do you have a history of attempted suicide?
  7. Do you or have you thought about abusing substances as a means of coping with the disorder?
  8. How often, on average, does your mood cycle between mania and depression?
  9. Does you mood naturally slide more often towards one or the other?
  10. There are many difficulties in diagnosing this disorder and getting medications adjusted to the proper level. Setbacks and all, would you say you have noticed an improvement since treatment began?