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What should I do before I see the doctor about bipolar disorder?

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Before meeting with your doctor to get a diagnosis, it’s helpful to write down the symptoms you notice that may reflect depression, hypomania, or mania. Include notes about your mood and any changes in sleep, energy, thinking, speech, and behavior. It's also helpful to get a family history from relatives before meeting with your doctor.

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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