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Have bipolar disorder a test?

Have bipolar disorder a test?

History: No lab or radiologic test, nor physical exam, can test for bipolar. Perhaps one day as there are strong indications it is a brain condition with a genetic background. But for now, it's a patient's history of modd changes, cognition and behavior that makes the diagnosis. In truth, this method works quite well, having been refined since antiquity. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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What is the best free, online, quick bipolar disorder test?

What is the best free, online, quick bipolar disorder test?

Bipolar Test: Anyone who may have bipolar disorder should be formally evaluated by a psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist. This is not a disorder that is easily diagnosed, and the risk of going undiagnosed is too great, as untreated bipolar disorder can have catastrophic effects (due to impulsivity, suicide risk, etc.) upon virtually every aspect of one's life. Medication treatment is usually a necessity. ...Read more

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Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Diagnosis of: Bipolar disorder, as with other psychiatric conditions, involves an evaluation by a skilled clinician who conducts a history of person's current & past symptoms (psychiatric & medical), life experiences, family history, & assesses current mental functioning (mental status exam), & considers various criteria (symptom guidelines) in arriving at possible diagnoses. See comment below for more details. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

Get evaluated: See your mental health provider to get evaluated. A series of questions and behavior observations and if needed a psychological evaluation will help them make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you test for bipolar disorder in a child?

How do you test for bipolar disorder in a child?

Testing: Your child will need to have a comprehensive history taking, physical exam, and specific psychological testing that will help in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. There may be other disorders that are present and can be established during this evaluation. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to test for bipolar disorder?

What do doctors do to test for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Thorough evaluation to include personal & family history, presenting symptoms, past medical & psychiatric history, school or work functioning, mental status exam, and battery of testing to rule in/rule out mood disorders. ...Read more

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How do psychologists test for bipolar disorder?

How do psychologists test for bipolar disorder?

Tests don't diagnose: Psych tests do not diagnose anything. The results are helpful in sunstantiating a mental disorder or identifying the possibilty of one.A a thoeough clinical interview and collateral info from family are very useful in making the dianosis. Some objective personality tests (eg, mmpi, pai, etc) can aid in making the dx. ...Read more

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Is it possible to test to see if you have a genetic predisposition for bipolar disorder?

Nospecific test: There is not a specific test for this. However, a strong family history of mood disorders including bipolar disorder would increase odds. ...Read more

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is there a way 2 lose 10-15 punds in 2-3 weeks without buying anything? also is the a test i can take 2 see if i have depression or bipolar disorder?

 is there a way 2 lose 10-15 punds in 2-3 weeks without buying anything? also is the a test i can take 2 see if i have depression or bipolar disorder?

Without buying: liposuction, safe weight loss is 1-2 lbs per week. Other than that, you may be losing water weight. There are various questionnaires that help determine your risk of depression or bipolar disease, that can be administered by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is there a chemical or hormonal test a doctor can give you to prove bipolar disorder?

BPD: Nope. Diagnosis is by history & clinical assessment interviewing. ...Read more

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Can a psychiatrist diagnose a bipolar disorder without any lab tests or a physical exam?

Can a psychiatrist diagnose a bipolar disorder without any lab tests or a physical exam?

Bipolar Dx: Good history-taking, to include family history, mental status exam, and mood disorder rating scales. ...Read more

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Do people take test to know that they have bipolar disorder? I sometimes feel happy or depressed with unknown reason. Also think too much can't sleep

Do people take test to know that they have bipolar disorder? I sometimes feel happy or depressed with unknown reason. Also think too much can't sleep

Best Dr. Diagnoses: There are some Questionnaires that patients can fill out, but the true diagnosis is best made by a one on one examination form a trained Psychiatrist. See the attached link for a PDf questionnaire that may aide some providers in the diagnosis. http://www.dbsalliance.org/pdfs/MDQ.pdf ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Manic depressive : Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder ?

What is bipolar disorder ?

EVALUATE: Bd is a biochemical/phisiologic illness, generally long- lasting, generally with recurrent serious depression and/or very energized, ill considered and sometimes psychotic behavior. The DX is made too casually these days, based on an episode of angry behavior and DX should be made ; confirmed with an expert. Treatment is generally manditory to manage. ...Read more

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What causes bipolar disorder?

What causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment. There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more