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What is the bipolar spectrum?

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The bipolar spectrum refers to conditions that include not only bipolar disorder, but also other types of mental conditions that can involve depression or mood swings without manic or hypomanic episodes. This includes some impulse control disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and forms of substance abuse.

From: What Is the Bipolar Spectrum? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Patten, S. November2008. Paris, J. , June 2009. Angst, J. March2007.


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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

SOURCES: Patten, S. November2008. Paris, J. , June 2009. Angst, J. March2007.


Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Harvard Review of PsychiatryBritish Journal of Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

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