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Bipolar Disorder Health Center

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Bipolar Disorder - Exams and Tests

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. A toxicology screen looks at blood, urine, or hair for the presence of drugs.

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Since you were recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit. 1. What are the chances my children or other family members can inherit bipolar disorder? 2. What’s the difference between bipolar I and bipolar II disorder? Which do I have? 3. How do I decide which medications are most helpful for my condition and how do they work? 4. What should I do if I forget to take any of my medications for bipolar disorder? 5. What are the major warning signs...

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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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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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