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A 48-year-old member asked:

therapist says i might have bipolar. how can i get officially tested/diagnosed?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Mostly diagnosed by: history and observation. Recommend comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

After one visit to a therapist, can they tell if i'm bipolar?

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 years experience
Depends: There are some very skilled therapists, but in general unless they have gotten to know you well, or tested you to determine, that is not very likely.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

I think i'm bipolar and my mom has scheduled me for an appointment. I read online that sometime you have to go to a therapist to get the medication?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tania Dempsey
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Psychiatrist: A psychiatrist is a doctor of medicine (M.D.) who prescribes medications for disorders like bipolar disease. You will certainly need to see a psychiatrist but a therapist (typically a psychologist or social worker) can help you develop strategies for living with the disease and for making lifestyle changes that will help stabilize your mood.

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