Search For A Cure
Scientific Breakthroughs & Caregiver Tips
How is Bipolar Disorder Detected?
Early detection of bipolar disorder is especially important because the onset of the illness often results in suicidal behavior and other behaviors that put the sufferer at a significant risk of harm. The problem is particularly acute when the disorder manifests itself in adolescents who are less likely to seek help and are vulnerable to harmful behaviors.
Unfortunately, bipolar disorder is very often misdiagnosed or ignored, and the time between the first occurrence of the disorder and a proper diagnosis may span years. The longer a sufferer lives with the illness without being diagnosed, the greater the chance that they will come to harm. Very often, the disorder is misdiagnosed as major depression, and it is treated with antidepressants alone, a course of treatment that may actually be harmful to the sufferer.
Successful early detection of bipolar disorder depends on differentiating signs of the disorder from other mental and physical disorders with similar symptoms. Researchers have attempted to find a pattern of symptoms that suggests that the disorder might manifest in the future, but thus far, a definitive pattern has been difficult to identify.
Lacking a way to spot a patient’s likelihood of developing the disorder, providers are encouraged to watch for symptoms such as mood swings, mania, depression or psychotic episodes that coincide with other risk factors such as stress, anxiety, sleep problems, trauma, family history of the disorder, or drug and alcohol abuse.
Make a Donation, Make a Difference
Your Donation Supports Crucial Brain Research
We have a direct connection with scientists so we are privy to projects in all stages of research. This gives us the insight to identify projects and allocate the dollars needed to find cures. Donate generously today to make a difference for future generations and your loved ones.
YOUR DONATION SAVES LIVES & BRINGS US CLOSER TO A CURE.
You Are Not Alone
For you or a loved one to be diagnosed with a brain disease or disorder, is overwhelming, and leads to a quest for support and answers to important questions. ABS has built a safe, caring and compassionate community for you to share your journey, connect with others in similar situations, learn about breakthroughs, and to simply find comfort.