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Can they diagnose teenagers with bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Humberto Quintana
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Yes: Teenagers with bipolar disorder have an ongoing combination of extremely high (manic) and low (depressed) moods. Highs may alternate with lows, or the person may feel both extremes at close to the same time. Bipolar disorder usually starts in adult life, before the age of 35. Although rare in young children, it does occur in teenagers. This illness can affect anyone. However, if one or both parent.
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 23 years experience
Yes, it happens: If a teen/child is having major rages, aggression and rapid mood changed multiple times per day, then have the pediatrician rule out medical causes. If so they then refer you to a child psychiatrist to consider. Find out if the child psychiatrist has experience with pediatric bipolar/ has actually had many such case under treatment. If less aggressive, referral to therapist with expertise in area.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What do doctors do to diagnose bipolar disorder in teenagers?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
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 questionnaire called the cbq (childhood bipolar questionairre) to guide our assessment. The trick is finding someone familiar with child/teen versions of bipolar disorder, and also ruling out other physical or behavioral disorders as the cause of symptoms.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes diagnosed for having bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 20 years experience
Evaluation: To get an accurate diagnosis you need to see your doctor. They may order blood tests to rule out any underlying medical illnesses that could be causing your symptoms. Once all medical reasons are ruled out, then a mental health evaluation of your symptoms can help clarify a diagnosis for accurate treatment.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can one diagnose bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Psychiatric Eval: By undergoing a psychiatric eval that rules out other psychiatric and medical conditions that could mimic bipolar disorder.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you get diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipar: Symptoms of depression alternating with episodes of mania/hypomania, sufficient to cause distress or to interfere with daily functioning.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

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Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 16 years experience
Clinical exam: Although in the future we may have blood tests or functional MRI scans that can diagnose the disorder, for now the only way to diagnose bipolar is to see a counselor or doctor who can diagnose the condition based on history and exam.

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