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Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is diagnosed based on a person's symptoms, health history, and the results of a mental health exam.

Tests may also be done to rule out other causes of your health problems.


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  • Rimas Lukas, MD
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