Posted by: Ann | 2009-05-25

bipolar diagnosis

How does one go about diagnosing bi-polar disorder - if someone is being treated for depression and it is just getting worse, could it be bipolar?

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Bipolar disorder is diagnosed by taking a history from the patient, obtaining information from those close to the patient (with the patient's consent) and by examining the mental state of the patient. It is thus a clinical diagnosis which has to be made by a healthcare professional trained to do so.

Bipolar disorder may start with depression and when a depression does not get better one should re-consider the diagnosis, treatment and also take into account other factors which may be perpetuating the depression.

So, yes, it is possible that the diagnosis might be bipolar disorder.

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Posted by: SADAG Counsellor | 2009-05-26

You can also contact a counsellor at SADAG tomorrow on Bipolar Helpline 0800 70 80 90 and ask them for information about Bipolar Disorder. SADAG has great handouts about self-help that you can read up on.

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