Bipolar Depression vs. Depression: Accurate Diagnosis

Bipolar Disorder is a difficult diagnosis to make at any age. In childhood it is often misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). It is often difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder at any age in particular, because the first episode often appears as depression. Should an episode of depression occur before the age of 30, it is particularly important to consider that it might be the depressive phase of a bipolar condition and not merely unipolar depression. According to Dr. Henry A. Nasrallah, paying close attention to the person’s history of mood swings, hypomanic symptoms, and family history can be very helpful in arriving at the correct diagnosis. Since anti-depressant medication can precipitate a manic episode, accurate diagnosis is very important.

If you or a loved one live in Manhattan or Bergen County New Jersey and might be suffering from bipolar disorder or depression, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.

Current Psychiatry, April 2015, Volume 14, No. 4, S4, Sups often helps make the proper diagnosis.Iplement

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