To find out if you have bipolar disorder, your doctor will ask
detailed questions about your symptoms. You will be asked how long your symptoms last and how
often you have them. Your doctor will ask about your family history and may do a
mental health assessment.
Blood and urine tests, such as a test of your
thyroid, may be done to make sure another problem isn't causing your symptoms.
toxicology screen looks at blood, urine, or hair for
the presence of drugs.
The earlier the disease is confirmed, the sooner you can get treatment, feel better, and improve the quality of your life. This can also reduce your risk of other health problems, such as alcohol and drug abuse.
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April 03, 2013
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