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How can you tell if a person has bipolar disorder?

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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Evaluation

A diagnosis of bipolar disorder is made mostly due to the presence of specific symptoms or characteristics.
The diagnosis needs to be made by a qualified mental health professional. Sometimes, psychological tests can be helpful in distinguishing bipolar disorder from other problems.

In brief: Evaluation

A diagnosis of bipolar disorder is made mostly due to the presence of specific symptoms or characteristics.
The diagnosis needs to be made by a qualified mental health professional. Sometimes, psychological tests can be helpful in distinguishing bipolar disorder from other problems.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric

In brief: History

Symptoms include mania-racing thoughts, increased goal directed activities, impulsive actions like gambling, excessive spending or excessive sex, using drugs or alcohol, decreased need for sleep, sometimes behaviors are so severe a person ends up in the hospital or jail.
If the symptoms are not caused by drug use and last for more than a week, it may be bipolar disorder. Depression also occurs.

In brief: History

Symptoms include mania-racing thoughts, increased goal directed activities, impulsive actions like gambling, excessive spending or excessive sex, using drugs or alcohol, decreased need for sleep, sometimes behaviors are so severe a person ends up in the hospital or jail.
If the symptoms are not caused by drug use and last for more than a week, it may be bipolar disorder. Depression also occurs.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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