Users' questions

Can bipolar be seasonal?

Can bipolar be seasonal?

A seasonal pattern is reported by approximately 10% to 20% of depressed outpatients with recurrent mood disorders and an estimated 15% to 22% of individuals with bipolar disorder (BD). Persons with BD–seasonal or not–report greater seasonality compared with those with major depressive disorder (MDD).

How long does it take to diagnose bipolar disorder?

And another study, published in August 2017 in the journal Bipolar Disorders, analyzed the delay in diagnosis of 382 people with bipolar disorder and found that 90 of those individuals initially received a diagnosis of depression before being correctly diagnosed. According to the study, the lag between diagnoses was about nine years.

Can a person with depression be diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

A patient might then be diagnosed as having depression with “mixed features,” and while that symptom alone doesn’t necessarily indicate bipolar disorder, the author notes that the provider should consider bipolar disorder as a possibility in those cases.

When do they say Don’t Miss bipolar disorder?

“When a pharmaceutical company repeatedly says, ‘Don’t miss bipolar disorder, don’t miss bipolar disorder… and when you diagnose it, here are some medications you can use to treat it,’ there’s a tendency to expand the concept,” Zimmerman says.

How often are people with bipolar disorder misdiagnosed?

Conversely, up to 20 percent of people with bipolar disorder may be mistakenly diagnosed with depression by their primary care doctors, according to a study published in July 2011 in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Longitudinal studies have shown. Submitted by Anonymous on July 8, 2014 – 12:36pm. RE: “Longitudinal studies have shown us that the average time from initial onset of symptoms to an accurate bipolar diagnosis is ten to twelve years!”.

A patient might then be diagnosed as having depression with “mixed features,” and while that symptom alone doesn’t necessarily indicate bipolar disorder, the author notes that the provider should consider bipolar disorder as a possibility in those cases.

When do the symptoms of bipolar disorder go away?

Bipolar disorder is an episodic illness. We have all of our symptoms while in a mood swing. This means we are STABLE when we are not in a mood swing. The symptoms I list above usually go away when the illness is successfully managed.

How old do you have to be to have late onset bipolar disorder?

In recent years, there’s been increased research on late onset bipolar disorder (LOBD). A stated that nearly 25 percent of people with bipolar disorder are at least 60 years old. Most research considers bipolar disorder that begins at 50 years old or later to be LOBD.