Tests for diagnosing bipolar disorder

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neurotransmitters, brain

It has been shown that patients with bipolar disorder, particularly in the acute phases of the illness, have abnormally low or high levels of certain neurotransmitters, as well as changes in the neuroimages (higher or lower activation of some areas depending on the type of episode), and that the response to certain biochemical tests is different to that of individuals that do not have any type of mental disorder. Even so, all this is not sufficiently specific to be of diagnostic use; that is to say, similar changes are also produced in other types of patients.

Interview with the transplant team

The interview with the psychiatrist continues to be the only diagnostic method of a bipolar disorder. The psychiatric interview is a perfectly structured technique, with some well-defined steps that must give the same results when it is applied by two professionals.

Substantiated information by:
Mercè ComesNurse Specialist in Mental Health — Psychiatry and Psychology DepartmentDiego Hidalgo MazzeiPsychiatrist — Psychiatry and Psychology DepartmentAnabel MartínezPsychology — Psychiatry and Psychology DepartmentEduard VietaPsychiatrist — Psychiatry and Psychology Department

Published: 20 March 2018
Updated: 20 March 2018

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