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Could you tell me what are some differential diagnoses of bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Here are a few: Drug intoxication (esp. Amphetamines), thyroid disorder, delirium (many possible causes), concussion or other brain injury, seizure disorder, brain tumor, agitated unipolar depression, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder. And many more.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How would I be able to tell if I have bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Muhammad Munir
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Bipolar Disorder: The best is to meet a psychiatrist for an evaluation as there may be online surveys and checklist but these are just screening tools and can not replace a good evaluation.Lot of mood symptoms can be seen as depression or bipolar so please dont have a self diagnosis or what friends say get help asap.Its really helpful with new gen meds and treatment options. Good luck.
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.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder treated?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Psychotropic meds: May include mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics. There are numerous non-medication approaches as well (to include psychotherapy, cbt, family therapy, group therapy etc.).
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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis.

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