Diagnosing bipolar disorder in the community setting.

  title={Diagnosing bipolar disorder in the community setting.},
  author={Andrew W Donohue},
  journal={Journal of psychiatric practice},
  volume={18 6},
BACKGROUND Bipolar disorder (BD) is a common psychiatric illness. Diagnosing this condition is challenging, due to the frequent need to make the diagnosis based on historical symptoms, the lack of specificity of many of the symptoms, and the absence of accurate objective measures to confirm the diagnosis. A lack of consensus among psychiatrists as to the breadth of the diagnosis, increasing pressures to make a diagnosis quickly in clinical settings, and the availability of broader spectrum… CONTINUE READING