Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Exams and Tests
There is no lab test that can diagnose
bipolar disorder. Doctors make the diagnosis through a
- A medical history, asking questions to help
identify other past and present health conditions that could cause the
- A family history to identify bipolar disorder, other mood
disorders, or drug or alcohol problems in close relatives. (All of these
conditions are linked to bipolar disorder.)
- A physical exam, which
can rule out
other conditions with similar symptoms.
mental health assessment, which can help identify your
child's current mental state and the severity of
- Other written or verbal mental
Before prescribing medicine to treat bipolar disorder, your
doctor will check your child for possible suicidal behavior by asking a few
questions. See a list of
questions your doctor may ask your child.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 12, 2011
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