Q: Are diagnoses of Bipolar in Teens Accurate?
Hey Jessi --
And since to get a diagnosis of "bipolar disorder" all you need is hypomania, perhaps that explains why people begin to doubt the diagnosis: like, not everybody can have it, right? The problem is that there is no clear "cut-off" between obvious bipolar disorder that no one would doubt, and pretty normal teen experiences. It's a "spectrum" from "normal" to "not normal", and there are people all along that continuum. You probably know someone who keeps it together and gets good grades and gets along with her parents -- who also is pretty "up", social, verbal and outgoing? But who doesn't have "mood swings"? (I hope there's one or two around you...).
So there's a lot of controversy about who merits a "diagnosis" and who doesn't. For your research, check out this questionnaire test approach to "diagnosis"; the reference is at the bottom.