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How do you kjow if you are bipolar?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: See more answers

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If you type in "bipolar" in your "ask a doctor" box, then scroll down to "see more results", a list of over 113 questions/answers on bipolar disorder will show up. These are great answers written by multiple docs. Hope this helps! generally bipolar is a mood disorder fluctuating over periods of time between elation and sadness.

In brief: See more answers

This question has been answered already.
If you type in "bipolar" in your "ask a doctor" box, then scroll down to "see more results", a list of over 113 questions/answers on bipolar disorder will show up. These are great answers written by multiple docs. Hope this helps! generally bipolar is a mood disorder fluctuating over periods of time between elation and sadness.
Dr. Ester Kwok
Dr. Ester Kwok
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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: MDQ

The mood disorder questionnaire can be a start.
It is an objective inventory that measure the degree to which one experiences hypomania/mania. Family members or friends can fill it out as well. It is not absolutely accurate as other illnesses can cause energy surges, for example, that of the hyperfocus of adhd. Attention to mixed bipolar illness - irritable phase - are not emphasized enough.

In brief: MDQ

The mood disorder questionnaire can be a start.
It is an objective inventory that measure the degree to which one experiences hypomania/mania. Family members or friends can fill it out as well. It is not absolutely accurate as other illnesses can cause energy surges, for example, that of the hyperfocus of adhd. Attention to mixed bipolar illness - irritable phase - are not emphasized enough.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson
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Dr. Syed Khan
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Comprehensive Eval

A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and diagnostic interview is required to establish the diagnosis of any mental health condition.
Such an assesment is done by a psychiatrist who is a medical doctor (md) with specialized training in mental health. The diagnostic and stastical manual (dsm) criteria are used for establishing a diagnosis.

In brief: Comprehensive Eval

A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and diagnostic interview is required to establish the diagnosis of any mental health condition.
Such an assesment is done by a psychiatrist who is a medical doctor (md) with specialized training in mental health. The diagnostic and stastical manual (dsm) criteria are used for establishing a diagnosis.
Dr. Syed Khan
Dr. Syed Khan
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Mood elevations

The diagnosis of bipolar disorder requires episodes of depression (down moods) and clear episodes of mood elevations.
Mood elevations require increased energy (rapid thoughts, rapid speech, high energy, decreased need for sleep and out of character behaviors, etc). The mood elevations need to be obvious to others and not the person's baseline behaviors.

In brief: Mood elevations

The diagnosis of bipolar disorder requires episodes of depression (down moods) and clear episodes of mood elevations.
Mood elevations require increased energy (rapid thoughts, rapid speech, high energy, decreased need for sleep and out of character behaviors, etc). The mood elevations need to be obvious to others and not the person's baseline behaviors.
Dr. William Marchand
Dr. William Marchand
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