. Sometimes we need time to reflect
Raise your hand if this happened to you: An initial diagnosis of major depression was later changed to bipolar disorder. If so, you’ve got lots of company. And no wonder: Research suggests that on average, people with bipolar I have three episodes of depression for every manic episode. For bipolar II, the ratio of depression to elevated mood is a whopping 40:1.
As it happens, mania is fairly easy for clinicians to diagnose. In the absence of obvious manic or hypomanic symptoms, however, it’s challenging for clinicians to figure out whether a depression is part of a bipolar disorder or not. Yet getting an accurate diagnosis is key to finding effective treatment.
A recent study offers some hope: According to Australian researchers, a model called the Probabilistic Approach to Bipolar Depression “was demonstrated for the first time to significantly distinguish” both bipolar I and bipolar II from major depressive disorder. Read more...
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