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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can my psychiatrist diagnose me with bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Your psychiatrist should be qualified to make this diagnosis.
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A 43-year-old female asked:

Can only a psychiatrist diagnose and treat bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 60 years experience
Bipolar: No,,a general practitioner may also treat a bipolar disorder, but you will get more effective treatment from s psychiatrist
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my psychiatrist diagnosed me with bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Begin a tx plan: Beginning treatment plans are essential for Bipolar Disorder. A combination of medication and psychotherapy to address patterns and cycles emotionally and the impact that they have on you and those around you is essential.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you be diagnosed with bipolar disorder without having to go to a psychiatrist?

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Dr. Joseph Answine
34 years experience
Likely not: They are the specialist here...Do not avoid their expert help.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes diagnosed for having bipolar disorder?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 22 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.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

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Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 18 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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