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A 21-year-old male asked:

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

2 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
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.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
History: History hopefully including observations of significant others--exam & lab tests to rule out illnesses with similar presenting symptoms & mental status exam.

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How can one diagnose bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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Psychiatric Eval: By undergoing a psychiatric eval that rules out other psychiatric and medical conditions that could mimic bipolar disorder.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes diagnosed for having bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
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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 38-year-old member asked:

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.
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How do you get diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

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Bipar: Symptoms of depression alternating with episodes of mania/hypomania, sufficient to cause distress or to interfere with daily functioning.
A 16-year-old female asked:

How old do you have to be to be legally diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Any age: If you see a doctor and they diagnose you, you have consented to be evaluated. However, legal or not, that does not mean the diagnosis is correct and you don't have to agree. Get a second opinion and if the second doctor says the same thing, consider trying the recommended treatment.

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