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Is there an actual medical test to determine whether someone is bipolar?

I'm not sure if there is or if it's like finding out someone's autistic- a series of questions/tests. I just wonder if a doctor can do like a brain scan or something for bipolar. Any comments?

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NewMexMom

Asked by NewMexMom at 5:30 PM on Jun. 12, 2011 in Health

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  • No its just a series of questions.
    SalemWitchChild

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 5:33 PM on Jun. 12, 2011

  • There is a diagnosis tool known as FMRI Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is considered an experimental procedure. It is very expensive and only a limited number of institutions might be able to provide the diagnostic test.
    Bipolar disorder is treated with MOOD stabilizers. But according to researchers the FMRI might help to detect the disorder on its early stages which would mean that other forms of treatment might be able to help such as psychotherapy instead of the use of prescription drugs. There is much controversy about this diagnosis tool.
    Cafemomoftwo217

    Answer by Cafemomoftwo217 at 5:57 PM on Jun. 12, 2011

  • Nope. It's done by counseling...asking questions, looking at symptoms, talking. Bipolar is treated with meds and counseling. There is no blood test or medical test, yet.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:55 PM on Jun. 12, 2011

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