How do Doctors Diagnose Bipolar Disorder?

What does a doctor need to know to diagnose bipolar disorder? A bipolar disorder diagnosis is made only by taking careful note of symptoms, including their severity, length, and frequency. “Mood swings” from day to day or moment to moment do not necessarily indicate a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Rather, the diagnosis[…]

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Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose as: its onset is often marked by a depressive period and it can therefore be misdiagnosed as depression depressive symptoms are common in bipolar disorder – usually more prevalent than hypomanic or manic symptoms ‘mixed mood’ episodes are common. These might obscure detection[…]

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Psychotic Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder: Hallucinations

When someone is experiencing an acute manic episode, they can sometimes have: delusions – fixed, false, irrational or illogical beliefs hallucinations – hearing, seeing, or sensing things that are not real. When these psychotic symptoms occur with other manic symptoms it indicates that the person has a bipolar I disorder.[…]

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Bipolar Disorder Psychotic Symptoms: Delusions

When someone is experiencing an acute manic episode, they can sometimes have: delusions – fixed, false, irrational or illogical beliefs hallucinations – hearing, seeing, or sensing things that are not real. When these psychotic symptoms occur with other manic symptoms it indicates that the person has a bipolar I disorder.[…]

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What types of Bipolar Disorder are there?

Bipolar disorder is a term used to describe a group of mental health problems. It’s important to seek help from a highly qualified mental health professional so you have a good understanding of your symptoms and type of bipolar disorder. Types of bipolar disorder Bipolar I disorder Bipolar II disorder[…]

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Symptoms of Bipolar Depression

Bipolar symptoms during a depressed phase may include: feelings of sadness or hopelessness loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities withdrawal from family and friends sleep problems (often excessive sleep) loss of energy, feeling exhausted physical slowing low self-esteem feelings of guilt problems concentrating suicidal thoughts What is a major[…]

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Symptoms of Bipolar Mania

Someone with bipolar disorder has episodes of depression and highs (feeling ‘hyper’ or ‘wired’). During the ‘highs’ they might feel like things are speeding up, having thousands of thoughts and ideas, and they may feel invincible or behave recklessly. Bipolar symptoms during a manic phase may include: feeling incredibly ‘high’[…]

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Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Someone with bipolar disorder has episodes of depression and highs (feeling ‘hyper’ or ‘wired’). During the ‘highs’ they might feel like things are speeding up, having thousands of thoughts and ideas, and they may feel invincible or behave recklessly. Bipolar symptoms during a manic phase may include: feeling incredibly ‘high’[…]

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Do I have Bipolar Disorder?

When someone is experiencing bipolar disorder, their behaviour and thoughts can be beyond their own control. Friends, family and workmates can often be the ones to notice first. What are the early warning signs of bipolar disorder? One early bipolar symptom may be hypomania. When someone is hypomanic, they can[…]

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

What is bipolar disorder? While we all experience mood changes in response to life’s events, some people’s moods fluctuate up and down much more than usual. People with bipolar disorder can have extreme moods of feeling really high, very active and euphoric (‘manic’); or feeling really low (‘depression’). When these[…]

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WHY CAN MENTAL ILLNESS BE SO HARD TO DIAGNOSE?

WHY CAN MENTAL ILLNESS BE SO HARD TO DIAGNOSE? The process of diagnosing mental illness can be frustrating. Frequently, someone experiencing a mental health crisis is well aware that something is wrong. Naturally, he or she wants answers. However, mental illness can be hard to diagnose. It can take months,[…]

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