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Diagnostic Criteria For Mixed Episode Bipolar Disorder

Signs and symptoms of a mixed episode of bipolar disorder that doctors look for.For a diagnosis of a mixed episode of bipolar disorder, these are the signs and symptoms doctors are looking for:

A.- The criteria are met both for a Manic Episode and for a Major Depressive Episode (except for duration) nearly every day during at least a 1-week period.

B.- The mood disturbance is sufficiently severe to cause marked impairment in occupational functioning or in usual social activities or relationships with others, or to necessitate hospitalization to prevent harm to self or others, or there are psychotic features.

C.- The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication, or other treatment) or a general medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism).

Note: Mixed-like episodes that are clearly caused by somatic antidepressant treatment (e.g., medication, electroconvulsive therapy, light therapy) should not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder.

Source:

  • American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 4th Ed. Text Revision. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association; 2000.

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Writer, H. (2008, November 4). Diagnostic Criteria For Mixed Episode Bipolar Disorder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/bipolar-disorder/articles/diagnostic-criteria-for-mixed-episode-bipolar-disorder

Last Updated: April 6, 2017

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