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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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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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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