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How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

Diagnosing bipolar disorder can be difficult, as there is no single medical test that can confirm the condition. A diagnosis is usually made by a psychiatrist. To work out if a person has bipolar disorder, the psychiatrist will usually collect a detailed medical history and ask questions about mood patterns. They may also carry out certain medical tests to rule out any other medical conditions that could be causing the symptoms.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 25 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Depression

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