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How do you define bipolar disorder?
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Dr. Matt Vukin
Psychiatry
11 doctors agree
In brief: See DSM criteria
You can look up the exact criteria used in research studies to learn more about it by searching online.
The phrase "bipolar" is often overused, cheapening a formal diagnosis. It encompasses large swings in mood/energy/speed of thoughts/behavior which may last days/weeks at a time. See your local psychiatrist or primary care doctor for screening. Meds are most helpful but counseling can help.

In brief: See DSM criteria
You can look up the exact criteria used in research studies to learn more about it by searching online.
The phrase "bipolar" is often overused, cheapening a formal diagnosis. It encompasses large swings in mood/energy/speed of thoughts/behavior which may last days/weeks at a time. See your local psychiatrist or primary care doctor for screening. Meds are most helpful but counseling can help.
Dr. Matt Vukin
Dr. Matt Vukin
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Bipolar
Is a mood disorder characterized by mood swings from mania (or mixed mania with depression) to depression.
To have bipolar, there must have been at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation.

In brief: Bipolar
Is a mood disorder characterized by mood swings from mania (or mixed mania with depression) to depression.
To have bipolar, there must have been at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Thank
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