7 Questions Psychiatrists Ask To Diagnose Bipolar Disorder

1. Elevated Mood Continuously For Days

There is a difference between a person feeling better than usual after a depressive episode, and something much more than that. Those with bipolar disorder sometimes even feel a state of euphoria, which is a common occurrence during a manic episode. Questions like “Have you felt too good in the last few days?” or “Have you felt like your mood has been elevated for the last few days without any reason?” can be asked.

Patients can also go quickly from confident and energetic to agitated and reactive. Doctors need to find out if a good day after a depressive episode was due to the situational circumstances, such as finding a new job, or because of a manic episode, and this question can lead them there.

2. Less Sleep But Also Less Fatigue

“Even though you slept less, did you notice that you didn’t really feel exhausted?” Changes in sleep patterns are a major factor contributing to mania, and a person might only sleep for a few hours but feels energetic and refreshed. These changes may be the first sign that a manic episode may be starting. Hence, it becomes important to understand how a person is sleeping because the changes eventually contribute to the significant mood change after a depressive episode.

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