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Recognizing bipolar disorder: clinical features and diagnoses

Lakshmi N Yatham and Gin S Malhi

in Bipolar Disorder

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ISBN: 9780199562305
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607396 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199562305.003.0002

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Recognizing bipolar disorder: clinical features and diagnoses

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• Although mania defines bipolar disorder, depressive episodes are more common in this condition • All patients presenting with depressive symptoms must be screened for a diagnosis of bipolar disorder by routinely asking for symptoms of mania/hypomania • Co-morbidity of substance and alcohol abuse and other psychiatric disorders is common in bipolar disorder • A careful history, drug screen, physical examination and other investigations may be necessary to make an accurate and reliable diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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