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What tests will the doctor use to make a bipolar diagnosis?

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Your doctor may have you fill out a mood questionnaire or checklist. They also may recommend blood and urine tests to rule out other causes. Those might include a toxicology screening to look for the presence of drugs or a check of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level, since depression is sometimes linked to thyroid issues.

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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