Introduction: Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder,
involves cycles of alternating mania and depressive symptoms.
It is an under-diagnosed disorder with many cases misdiagnosed for years.
Many cases of bipolar disorder are misdiagnosed as clinical depression
because patients tend to seek treatment during the down phases,
rather than the euphoric manic phases.
Other possible misdiagnoses include anxiety disorders,
borderline personality disorder, and
There are several subtypes of bipolar disorder, including
the milder bipolar II disorder,
to be carefully distinguished for accurate diagnosis.
Bipolar disorder: There is a tendency to romanticize bipolar disorder. Many artists, musicians and writers have suffered from its mood swings. But in truth, many lives are ruined by this disease; and without effective treatment, the illness is associated with an increased risk of suicide.1
Researching symptoms of Bipolar disorder: Further information about the symptoms of Bipolar disorder is available including a list of symptoms of Bipolar disorder, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Bipolar disorder, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
Misdiagnosis and Bipolar disorder: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Bipolar disorder, failure to diagnose Bipolar disorder, underlying causes of Bipolar disorder (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases
Treatments for Bipolar disorder: Various information is available about treatments available for Bipolar disorder, current research about Bipolar disorder treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.
Causes of Bipolar disorder: Research more detailed information about the causes of Bipolar disorder, other possibly hidden causes of Bipolar disorder, or other general information about Bipolar disorder.
Statistics and Bipolar disorder:
Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Bipolar disorder,
prevalence and incidence statistics for Bipolar disorder,
and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.
1. excerpt from Going to Extremes Bipolar Disorder: NIMH
Last revision: July 1, 2003
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