Recognizing someone who is a probable candidate for
bipolar disorder can easily be resolved if the person
is already exhibiting symptoms. Although, if the
symptoms aren’t that prominent and the person is
subject to coming back to his normal status, it
wouldn’t be likely to be diagnosed because of the
To mentally suspect someone having a bipolar disorder
within the family or the community is hard especially
when you have no idea where to start. It’s best to
leave it to the experts.
It’s easier to recognize something that is shown than
something that is not. When you see someone with
bleeding hands, you know that you have to fix
medications and clean the wound of the affected part.
When it comes to recognizing a person with such a
psychological disorder, it wouldn’t be easy as telling
that he has broken ears or swollen fingers.
Tests must be made to diagnose if the person is really
undergoing a stage of the disease. Upon testing a
person, he goes into numerous psychological and
medical examinations which can help assume or rule out
any kind of problem. These tests can also help check
if there are any related complications that have
occurred to support the problem.
The tests to help diagnose a problem generally consist
• Laboratory tests. Testing via laboratory usually
includes CBC or complete blood count, other blood
tests, and thyroid tests. Urinalysis may also be
• Physical tests. This is all about the outer physique
of a person that includes the measuring of weight and
height, taking of vital signs such as the person’s
temperature, respiratory and pulse rate and blood
pressure, auscultation of the lungs and heart and
examining the abdomen as a whole.
• Psychological exam. Considered as one of the most
important part of the test. Here, the physician will
initiate conversation and trigger some of the
patient’s inner thoughts and feelings. Psychological
exams can help distinguish the behavioral pattern that
might have caused the disorder.
The patient may also be asked to fill out certain
questionnaires that can help in psychological
assessments. With proper permission from the patient,
the doctor can also question close relatives and
friends that can further provide information of
episodes of depression or mania.
Criteria for diagnosis
In order to be diagnosed with the disorder, a person
must meet certain criteria that are stated by the
manual published by the association which is
responsible for American psychiatric society indicated
as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders. This manual can be the basis for health
providers to diagnose conditions regarding mental
Upon diagnosing a person, the criteria must be based
specifically on the type of bipolar disorder as well
as the types of episodes and history. To be able to
learn more on the situation, you have to talk intently
to your doctor and ask the long term treatments to the
condition. Researchers say that bipolar disorder can
be regarded as a series of disorders with varying
symptom and degrees.
Early diagnosis for a person with bipolar disorder is very important.
In the event that people are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, the person affected will
not get sufficient cure because the treatment may be
severe or inappropriate. Thus, it is better to consult skilled
medical professionals whose training and experience can provide
the proper care in the most appropriate manner.