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Have I Got Bipolar Disorder 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Might it be possible that a a misdiagnosis on bipolar disorder occur even after numerous tests and doctors?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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