There are no blood tests or easy ways to diagnose Bipolar Disorder. Diagnosis must be made by a qualified physician and preferably a psychiatrist accustomed to working with patients with Bipolar Disorder.
The psychiatrist is assisted in making his diagnosis by the standardized symptoms listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSMV-IV), but it takes face to face contact and perhaps a period of time before a definitive diagnosis can be made.
The articles in this section are for information
purposes only. There are many other things besides Bipolar Disorder that
can cause mood disturbances. If you recognize symptoms in these pages
please see your doctor! Bipolar
Disorder can be treated.
APA Expert Guides for Bipolar - Dr Phelps
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The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders, Clinical Descriptions and Guidelines The World Health Organization (WHO)
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