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How do you kjow if you are bipolar?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
See more answers: This question has been answered already. If you type in "bipolar" in your "ask a doctor" box, then scroll down to "see more results", a list of over 113 questions/answers on bipolar disorder will show up. These are great answers written by multiple docs. Hope this helps! generally bipolar is a mood disorder fluctuating over periods of time between elation and sadness.
Dr. Syed Khan
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Comprehensive Eval: A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and diagnostic interview is required to establish the diagnosis of any mental health condition. Such an assesment is done by a psychiatrist who is a medical doctor (md) with specialized training in mental health. The diagnostic and stastical manual (dsm) criteria are used for establishing a diagnosis.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 39 years experience
MDQ: The mood disorder questionnaire can be a start. It is an objective inventory that measure the degree to which one experiences hypomania/mania. Family members or friends can fill it out as well. It is not absolutely accurate as other illnesses can cause energy surges, for example, that of the hyperfocus of adhd. Attention to mixed bipolar illness - irritable phase - are not emphasized enough.
Dr. William Marchand
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Mood elevations: The diagnosis of bipolar disorder requires episodes of depression (down moods) and clear episodes of mood elevations. Mood elevations require increased energy (rapid thoughts, rapid speech, high energy, decreased need for sleep and out of character behaviors, etc). The mood elevations need to be obvious to others and not the person's baseline behaviors.

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What is bipolar?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Changing Moods: Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depressive disorder, is a mood disorder where an individual experiences at least one major depressive episode and one manic episode. The number, frequency, duration, and intensity of these episodes is highly variable from individual to individual. Check out the following web site for more info: www.Nimh.Nih.Com/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.Shtml.

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