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Do other illnesses mimic symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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Some non-psychiatric illnesses, such as thyroid disease, lupus, HIV and other infections, and syphilis, may have signs and symptoms that are a lot like those of bipolar disorder. Some medications can cause them, too. An example is mood or behavior changes caused by steroid medications like prednisone (used to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, musculoskeletal injuries, or other medical problems).

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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