How Is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed and Treated?

Q:
How is bipolar disorder diagnosed and treated?

A:
Your doctor will use several steps to determine whether you have depression or not. And there are treatment options that manage symptoms. You’ll have a clearer picture of them after reading this article.

The steps to evaluate include:

  1. Physical exam. It is to see if you have any medical problem that may lead to depression symptoms.
  2. Psychiatric assessment. Then you’ll meet a psychiatrist who will ask about your feelings, thoughts and behavior patterns. You may also fill out a questionnaire.
  3. Criteria for bipolar disorder. Your psychiatrist may compare your symptoms with the criteria for bipolar and related disorders.

Depending on your needs, treatment may include:

  • Medications
  • Day treatment programs
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Hospitalization

The primary treatments for bipolar disorder include medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy) to control symptoms, and also may include education and support groups.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.