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Testing for bipolar disorder, what does it consist on?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
16 doctors agree

In brief: Clinical Evaluation

There is no "test" for bipolar disorder.
It is a clinical diagnosis that looks for a pattern of episodic mood changes, usually times of depression as well as times of mania. Each of these has specific symptoms that clinicians ask about relating to sleep, energy level, appetitie, and behaviors, along with mood. Family history also can be important.

In brief: Clinical Evaluation

There is no "test" for bipolar disorder.
It is a clinical diagnosis that looks for a pattern of episodic mood changes, usually times of depression as well as times of mania. Each of these has specific symptoms that clinicians ask about relating to sleep, energy level, appetitie, and behaviors, along with mood. Family history also can be important.
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: No test

A good clinical interview about the longitudinal history of mood swings and ruling out any physical cause is the only way to identify bipolar disorder.

In brief: No test

A good clinical interview about the longitudinal history of mood swings and ruling out any physical cause is the only way to identify bipolar disorder.
Dr. John Moranville
Dr. John Moranville
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