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How would you recommend recieving help for suspected bipolar?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Diagnosis/treatment

I agree with dr. Bordini.
Ask the clinical psychologist/psychiatrist to do more than suspect bipolar. Get a diagnosis based on careful assessment/evaluation. Then, after the symptoms are diagnostically explained, participate fully in your treatment plan (which usually involves medication(s) and counseling/therapy). Bipolar disorder can be successfully treated by experts in this area.

In brief: Diagnosis/treatment

I agree with dr. Bordini.
Ask the clinical psychologist/psychiatrist to do more than suspect bipolar. Get a diagnosis based on careful assessment/evaluation. Then, after the symptoms are diagnostically explained, participate fully in your treatment plan (which usually involves medication(s) and counseling/therapy). Bipolar disorder can be successfully treated by experts in this area.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Assess then treat

Bipolar is a serious disorder that if suspected should be carefully assesed.
The diagnosis can "stick" with you in the future and may be overdiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Medical/ psychiatric evaluation to rule out medical causes is step 1. To minimize risk of misdiagnosis -further evaluation and testing by an experienced clinical psychologist or psychiatrist with excellent diagnostic repute.

In brief: Assess then treat

Bipolar is a serious disorder that if suspected should be carefully assesed.
The diagnosis can "stick" with you in the future and may be overdiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Medical/ psychiatric evaluation to rule out medical causes is step 1. To minimize risk of misdiagnosis -further evaluation and testing by an experienced clinical psychologist or psychiatrist with excellent diagnostic repute.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry

In brief: See a psychiatrist

If you're concerned about possibly having bipolar disorder, the best thing to do is to see a board-certified psychiatrist for an evaluation.
Putting your history and exam together, a working diagnosis can be made -- and from there some treatment recommendations can be offered. It's important to also share any history of drug and alcohol use, because these can affect your symptoms. Good luck!

In brief: See a psychiatrist

If you're concerned about possibly having bipolar disorder, the best thing to do is to see a board-certified psychiatrist for an evaluation.
Putting your history and exam together, a working diagnosis can be made -- and from there some treatment recommendations can be offered. It's important to also share any history of drug and alcohol use, because these can affect your symptoms. Good luck!
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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