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When should you call the doctor about bipolar disorder?

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If you think you have symptoms of bipolar disorder, talk to your doctor. It may be nothing at all. Or, your doctor might refer you to a bipolar specialist, a psychiatrist, or psychopharmacologist, for a second opinion and accurate diagnosis. (A psychopharmacologist is a psychiatrist who is an expert in using medications to treat psychiatric chemical imbalances.) The specialist will talk to you about your symptoms. After a physical exam and patient history, the specialist will rule out other possible causes of depression and mania, such as medications, alcohol, illicit drug use, illnesses such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, or injuries to the central nervous system. Further lab testing may be needed prior to making any psychiatric diagnosis.

From: Teens and Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Davis, RE, , 1979; 136(5):702-706. Sachs, GS; Baldassano, CF; Truman CJ; Guille, C , 2000; 157(3):466-468. Wozniak, J; Biederman, J; Richards, JA; , 1002; 62 (suppl 14):10-15. Keck, PE Jr; McElroy, SL; Arnold, LM, 2001; 85:645. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder: An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health." Fieve, R., Pennsylvania: Rodale, 2006), American Psychiatric Association, , 4th ed., Washington, D.C., 1994. About.com web site: "Living with Bipolar as a Teen." PsychCentral web site, "Teens and Bipolar Disorder. "





American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of PsychiatryJournal of Clinical PsychiatryThe Medical Clinics of North America,Bipolar II. (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 8, 2018

SOURCES: Davis, RE, , 1979; 136(5):702-706. Sachs, GS; Baldassano, CF; Truman CJ; Guille, C , 2000; 157(3):466-468. Wozniak, J; Biederman, J; Richards, JA; , 1002; 62 (suppl 14):10-15. Keck, PE Jr; McElroy, SL; Arnold, LM, 2001; 85:645. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder: An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health." Fieve, R., Pennsylvania: Rodale, 2006), American Psychiatric Association, , 4th ed., Washington, D.C., 1994. About.com web site: "Living with Bipolar as a Teen." PsychCentral web site, "Teens and Bipolar Disorder. "





American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of PsychiatryJournal of Clinical PsychiatryThe Medical Clinics of North America,Bipolar II. (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 8, 2018

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