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How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

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A doctor or a psychiatrist will ask questions about mental illnesses that you, or the person you're concerned about, have had, and any mental illnesses that run in the family. The person will also get a complete psychiatric evaluation to tell if they have likely bipolar disorder or another mental health condition.

Diagnosing bipolar disorder is all about the person's symptoms and determining whether they may be the result of another cause (such as low thyroid, or mood symptoms caused by drug or alcohol abuse).

The most telling symptoms are those that involve highs or lows in mood, along with changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behavior.

Talking to close friends and family of the person can often help the doctor distinguish bipolar disorder from other disorders.

From: Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 07, 2017

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 07, 2017

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