Predominant polarity in bipolar disorder: diagnostic implications.

  title={Predominant polarity in bipolar disorder: diagnostic implications.},
  author={Annelise R Rosa and Ana C Andreazza and Maur{\'i}cio Kunz and Filomena Gomes and Aida P Santin and J Sanchez-Moreno and Maria Laura Barberan Reinares and Francesc Colom and Eduard Vieta and Fl{\'a}vio Kapczinski},
  journal={Journal of affective disorders},
  volume={107 1-3},
BACKGROUND It has been reported that patients with bipolar disorder (BD) remain about 10 years symptomatic before the correct diagnosis is made. This fact is particularly important for patients with predominantly depressed polarity who tend to be diagnosed as suffering from unipolar major depressive disorder and treated with antidepressants. The present study was carried out to assess clinical differences between predominantly manic and depressed BD patients with a special focus on the time… CONTINUE READING

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