The bipolar spectrum is a term used to refer to conditions of many people with depression, substance abuse, and a wide range of other psychiatric conditions who also have some symptoms of bipolar disorder. Although they have these similar symptoms, they are not diagnosed with bipolar disorder as it is commonly defined. Some psychiatrists find the concept useful. But since it has not been rigorously studied it hasn't been widely adopted.
You have been treated for depression for more than 3 weeks, but you aren't getting better.
Who to see
Bipolar disorder is complex and hard to diagnose,
because it has many phases and symptoms. Sometimes it is misdiagnosed as only
depression, because people are more likely to seek
treatment during a period of depression.
After you are diagnosed
with bipolar disorder, you'll need to keep a long-term relationship with
your doctor or therapist. It can help you make sure that your treatment is consistent and
that your medicines can be adjusted as needed.
health professionals can diagnose bipolar disorder, you will probably be
referred to a
psychiatrist who specializes in treating such
disorders. He or she can prescribe medicines and provide counseling. Other health
professionals who can diagnose bipolar disorder include: