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Can brain scans or imaging tests help with the bipolar diagnosis?

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Studies are under way to see if electroencephalograms (EEGs) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of the brain show differences between bipolar disorder and related syndromes. But no imaging study or other lab test has been proved to confirm a diagnosis or guide treatment.

From: Bipolar Diagnosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Women’s Studies."

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: Strategic Plan: Pathways to Health: Charting the Science of Brain, Mind, and Behavior.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5  , American Psychiatric Press.

Fieve, R. . Bipolar II

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Women’s Studies."

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: Strategic Plan: Pathways to Health: Charting the Science of Brain, Mind, and Behavior.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5  , American Psychiatric Press.

Fieve, R. . Bipolar II

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 20, 2018

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