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Is bipolar disorder easy to diagnose?

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When a person's illness follows this classic pattern of high and low moods, diagnosing bipolar disorder is relatively easy.

But sometimes the symptoms depression can overshadow other parts of the illness. And substance abuse can cloud the picture, too.

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Benazzi, F. March 17, 2007; vol 369: pp 935-945. Hirschfield, R. , November 2007; vol 13: pp S164-S169. Moore, D., Jefferson, J., , Mosby, 2004. Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder." Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder." Faust, D. November 2006; vol 45: pp 801-808. Suominen, K. November 2007; vol 9: pp 698-705. Axelson, D. October 2006; vol 63: pp 1139-1148. Scheffer, R. October 2007; vol 9: pp. 415-19. Conway, K. February 2006; vol 67: pp 247-257. Tillman, R. June 2005; vol 162: pp 1214-1216. Moore, D. 2nd edition, Mosby, 2004. Bowden, C. Medscape Psychiatry and Mental Health, April 23, 2003. Lancet,The American Journal of Managed CareHandbook of Medical PsychiatryClinical Pediatrics,Bipolar Disorder,Archives of General Psychiatry,Current Psychiatry Reports,Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,American Journal of Psychiatry,Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,









Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 24, 2016

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Benazzi, F. March 17, 2007; vol 369: pp 935-945. Hirschfield, R. , November 2007; vol 13: pp S164-S169. Moore, D., Jefferson, J., , Mosby, 2004. Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder." Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder." Faust, D. November 2006; vol 45: pp 801-808. Suominen, K. November 2007; vol 9: pp 698-705. Axelson, D. October 2006; vol 63: pp 1139-1148. Scheffer, R. October 2007; vol 9: pp. 415-19. Conway, K. February 2006; vol 67: pp 247-257. Tillman, R. June 2005; vol 162: pp 1214-1216. Moore, D. 2nd edition, Mosby, 2004. Bowden, C. Medscape Psychiatry and Mental Health, April 23, 2003. Lancet,The American Journal of Managed CareHandbook of Medical PsychiatryClinical Pediatrics,Bipolar Disorder,Archives of General Psychiatry,Current Psychiatry Reports,Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,American Journal of Psychiatry,Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,









Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 24, 2016

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