Question: How do professionals diagnose bipolar disorder?

To diagnose bipolar disorder, a doctor may perform a physical examination, conduct an interview and order lab tests. While bipolar disorder cannot be seen on a blood test or body scan, these tests can help rule out other illnesses that can resemble the disorder, such as hyperthyroidism.

How do you get checked for bipolar disorder?

There are no specific blood tests or brain scans to diagnose bipolar disorder. Even so, your doctor may perform a physical exam and order lab tests, including a thyroid function test and urine analyses. These tests can help determine if other conditions or factors could be causing your symptoms.

How hard is it to diagnose bipolar disorder?

However, bipolar disorder, and bipolar disorder type II in particular, remains difficult to diagnose accurately in clinical practice, largely because of its frequent misdiagnosis as unipolar depression in depressed patients, since the diagnostic criteria for depressive episodes are identical for the two disorders.

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