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what is needed to be diagnosed as bipolar

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
28 years experience in Psychiatry
Psychiatric Eval: By undergoing a psychiatric eval that rules out other psychiatric and medical conditions that could mimic bipolar disorder.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Humberto Quintana
43 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Teenagers with bipolar disorder have an ongoing combination of extremely high (manic) and low (depressed) moods. Highs may alternate with lows, or the ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
19 years experience in psychiatry
Possible: In some cases, a patient's symptoms are very clear - such as having a manic episode. In other cases it can be more difficult, such as when a patient p ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Griggs
38 years experience in Clinical Psychology
One reason is that: BP disorder in children usually first looks like ADHD, which in my opinion is on the more mild end of the same spectrum. Three questions need to be ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
35 years experience in Psychiatry
Here are a few: Drug intoxication (esp. Amphetamines), thyroid disorder, delirium (many possible causes), concussion or other brain injury, seizure disorder, brain tu ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Yes, w/ support: Bipolar is actually a fairly new Dx. It claimed the territory of Manic Depression and added to it - a Corporation on a take-over spree. To some, every ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
44 years experience in Child Psychiatry
Diagnosis of: Bipolar disorder, as with other psychiatric conditions, involves an evaluation by a skilled clinician who conducts a history of person's current & pas ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
53 years experience in Internal Medicine
Bipolar- hypomania: Are you on treatment now?If not why not? Consult psychiatrist. You need to be on a mood stabilizer & another one for hypomania. In the mean time ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience in Pediatrics
History/physical: Just as with adults, the diagnosis is made by getting thorough history of symptoms from patient, friends and family members. We use a screening questi ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Chaos of Chaos: Children are developing in an environment that has an impact on their behavior. Having a mental disorder means there is something wrong with the ind ... Read More
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