Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know

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  • Obstacles to Getting Care
  • What Puts People at Risk?
  • How Is It Diagnosed?
  • Treating Bipolar Disorder
  • Coexisting Issues With Bipolar Disorder
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  • What Is Bipolar Disease?
  • How Serious Is It?
  • African-Americans and Bipolar Disease

How Is It Diagnosed?

Bipolar disorder is diagnosed by a psychiatrist or mental health specialist. It’s a process that may include blood tests, MRIs and interviews that track someone’s episodes, how severe they are and how often they happen. 

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