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A 48-year-old member asked:

What do doctors do to diagnose bipolar disorder in teenagers?

1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 38 years experience
History/physical: Just as with adults, the diagnosis is made by getting thorough history of symptoms from patient, friends and family members. We use a screening questionnaire called the cbq (childhood bipolar questionairre) to guide our assessment. The trick is finding someone familiar with child/teen versions of bipolar disorder, and also ruling out other physical or behavioral disorders as the cause of symptoms.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can a doctor diagnose someone with bipolar disorder?

1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Zahid Awan
Specializes in Psychiatry
Evaluation: A psychiatric evaluation consists of detailed history including medical, psychiatric history, duration and nature of symptoms and after ruling out other causes such as medical conditions or substance use related symptoms, a diagnosis can be made if symptoms are present.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can they diagnose teenagers with bipolar disorder?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Humberto Quintana
Psychiatry 46 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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A 21-year-old male asked:

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

2 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
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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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 38-year-old member asked:

How do you get diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Bipar: Symptoms of depression alternating with episodes of mania/hypomania, sufficient to cause distress or to interfere with daily functioning.
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Last updated Oct 13, 2015
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