How Is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed and Treated?

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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.   Keywords: diagnosis treatment bipolar disorder; treating bipolar depression; bipolar depression treatment
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