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Misdiagnosing bipolar disorder - Do clinicians show heuristic biases?


BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorders (BD) are often misdiagnosed. Clinicians seem to use heuristics instead of following the recommendations of diagnostic manuals. Bruchmüller and Meyer (2009) suggest that 'reduced sleep' is a prototypic criterion that increases the likelihood of a bipolar diagnosis.

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By Russ Federman, Ph.D., ABPP
Created May 15 2011 - 3:25pm

One of the more challenging issues for young adults with bipolar disorder involves the prospect of finding a fulfilling and enduring love relationship. Self-esteem is difficult enough when you're having a hard time sustaining emotional stability. Add to this, the impact on others from your episodes of hypomania or acute depression and we see that sustained positive feelings about self often feel impossible for the bipolar individual.

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Misdiagnosed By Professionals And Unrecognized By Loved Ones


Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression, is a psychiatric disorder that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out everyday tasks. It is a serious mental illness requiring specialized treatment, but the problem, according to Kimberly Dennis, M.D., medical director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, is that bipolar disorder often gets misdiagnosed by professionals and is unrecognized by loved ones.

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 10 million people in the U.S. are affected with bipolar disorder (BP). BP is also known as manic depression. The median age of BP is 25-years-old, and men and women are equally diagnosed with the disease

There are two phases of the BP illness: the manic phase and the depressive phase. These cycles of highs and lows can last days or weeks.

It is very important for people with BP to seek proper treatment. Bipolar disorder can be treated with medications and regular therapy talk visits to a psychiatrist or support groups. Extreme cases of BP may include hallucinations or delusions. Also, bipolar disorder is associated with a high rate of suicide.

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Psychiatric Times.
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By Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC | March 10, 2011
Dr McIntyre is associate professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto and head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University Health Network, Toronto, Canada. Dr McIntyre is involved in multiple research endeavors, which primarily aim to characterize the association between mood disorders and medical comorbidity. This research involves elucidating metabolic adverse events associated with the use of psychotropic medications, the impact of medical comorbidity on the course of mood disorders, and the effect of glucose homeostasis on neurocognition.

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Bipolar Disorder and Sleep Problems



Changes in sleep that last for more than two weeks or interfere with your life can point to an underlying condition. Of course, many things may contribute to sleep problems. Here's what you need to know about the many connections between bipolar disorder and sleep, and what you can do to improve your sleep.

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