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How is someone determined to have bipolar disorder, what does it consist on?

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Dr. Michael Pierce
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Diagnostic Interview

This is a very broad question.
..Too broad to be answered with any brief summary here. Generally speaking, bipolar disorder is diagnosed by a clinician familiar bipolar disorder eliciting those signs and symptoms during a clinical interview. There are no blood tests or scans that necessarily make the diagnosis. For more information, try: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001924/.

In brief: Diagnostic Interview

This is a very broad question.
..Too broad to be answered with any brief summary here. Generally speaking, bipolar disorder is diagnosed by a clinician familiar bipolar disorder eliciting those signs and symptoms during a clinical interview. There are no blood tests or scans that necessarily make the diagnosis. For more information, try: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001924/.
Dr. Michael Pierce
Dr. Michael Pierce
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It's complicated

If by 'bipolar' you mean moody, I am sure your friends and family can tell you.
If instead you mean having the diagnosable serous mental illness called bipolar disorder, it is best to get a psychiatric evaluation ad bipolar disorder is easy to both under- and over- diagnose. Hope this helps. Good luck!

In brief: It's complicated

If by 'bipolar' you mean moody, I am sure your friends and family can tell you.
If instead you mean having the diagnosable serous mental illness called bipolar disorder, it is best to get a psychiatric evaluation ad bipolar disorder is easy to both under- and over- diagnose. Hope this helps. Good luck!
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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