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Current Issues in Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis: The Life Course Method

How should we diagnose bipolar disorder? It isn’t always easy and current bipolar screening tools are problematic for a number of reasons.

Is Bipolar Disorder Over-Diagnosed?

Whether you work in a hospital or an office setting, you’ve probably seen many patients who come to you with a “history of bipolar disorder.” We’ve seen it, too, in multiple settings at an academic medical center. Is this a new epidemic? Or a redefinition of what it means to be “bipolar”?

A Note From the Editor

While bipolar disorder is something we all encounter in practice, views are mixed as to how best to diagnose and treat it.

Research Update

Is Low Dose Lithium Effective in Bipolar Disorder?

Although it remains one of our oldest and most effective drugs, lithium has become less popular for the treatment of bipolar disorder in the last two decades.

“Soft” Bipolar Does Not Affect Antidepressant Treatment Outcomes

A combination of clinical lore and some studies have led many psychiatrists to believe that it is crucial to screen depressed patients for subtle signs of “bipolarity.”

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Distinguishing Bipolar from Unipolar Depression

Some patients complain bitterly about depression and dysphoria, but they don’t tell you anything about the other half of their lives—the upswings of mood and energy—so you may not realize the need to suspect bipolar illness.

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Bipolar Disorder, The Carlat Report (TCPR) Vol 10 #8

How should we diagnose bipolar disorder? It isn’t always easy and current bipolar screening tools are problematic for a number of reasons.