Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar I Disorder–Diagnostic Features (DSM-IV, p. 350)
The essential feature of Bipolar I Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Manic
Episodes or Mixed Episodes. Often individuals have also had one or more Major Depressive Episodes. Episodes of
Substance-Induced Mood Disorder (due to the direct effects of a medication, or other somatic treatments for depression, a drug of
abuse, or toxin exposure) or of Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition do not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I
Disorder. In addition, the episodes are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on
Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, Delusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. . . . 
Bipolar II Disorder–Diagnostic Features (DSM-IV, p. 359)
The essential feature of Bipolar II Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Major
Depressive Episodes accompanied by at least one Hypomanic Episode. Hypomanic Episodes should not be confused with the
several days of euthymia that may follow remission of a Major Depressive Episode. Episodes of Substance- Induced Mood
Disorder (due to the direct effects of a medication, or other somatic treatments for depression, a drug of abuse, or toxin exposure)
or of Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition do not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder. In addition, the
episodes are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform
Disorder, Delusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. . . . 
Criteria for Major Depressive Episode (DSM-IV, p. 327)
A. Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from
previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure. 
Note: Do not include symptoms that are clearly due to a general medical condition, or mood-incongruent delusions or
hallucinations. 
1.depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or
observation made by others (e.g. appears tearful). Note: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood. 
2.markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by
either subjective account or observation made by others) 
3.significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or
decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. Note: In children, consider failure to make expected weight gains. 
4.insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day 
5.psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness
or being slowed down) 
6.fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day 
7.feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely
self-reproach or guilt about being sick) 
8.diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed
by others) 
9.recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or
a specific plan for committing suicide 
B. The symptoms do not meet criteria for a Mixed Episode. 
C. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. 
D. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general
medical condition (e.g., hypothyroidism). 
E. The symptoms are not better accounted for by bereavement, i.e., after the loss of a loved one, the symptoms persist for longer
than 2 months or are characterized by marked functional impairment, morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, suicidal ideation,
psychotic symptoms, or psychomotor retardation. 
Criteria for Manic Episode (DSM-IV, p. 332)
A. A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting at least 1 week (or any duration if
hospitalization is necessary). 
B. During the period of mood disturbance, three (or more) of the following symptoms have persisted (four if the mood is only
irritable) and have been present to a significant degree: 
1.inflated self-esteem or grandiosity 
2.decreased need for sleep (e.g., feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep) 
3.more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking 
4.flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing 
5.distractibility (i.e., attention too easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external stimuli) 
6.increase in goal-directed activity (either socially, at work or school, or sexually) or psychomotor agitation 
7.excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g., engaging in
unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments) 
C. The symptoms do not meet criteria for a Mixed Episode. 
D. The mood disturbance is sufficiently severe to cause marked impairment in occupational functioning or in usual social activities
or relationships with others, or to necessitate hospitalization to prevent harm to self or others, or there are psychotic features. 
E. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication, or other
treatments) or a general medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism). 
Note: Manic-like episodes that are clearly caused by somatic antidepressant treatment (e.g., medication, electroconvulsive therapy,
light therapy) should not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder. 
Criteria for Mixed Episode (DSM-IV, p. 335)
A. The criteria are met both for a Manic Episode and for a Major Depressive Episode (except for duration) nearly every day
during at least a 1-week period. 
B. The mood disturbance is sufficiently severe to cause marked impairment in occupational functioning or in usual social activities
or relationships with others, or to necessitate hospitalization to prevent harm to self or others, or there are psychotic features. 
C. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication, or other
treatment) or a general medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism). 
Criteria for Hypomanic Episode (DSM-IV, p. 338)
A. A distinct period of persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting throughout at least 4 days, that is clearly different
from the usual nondepressed mood. 
B. During the period of mood disturbance, three (or more) of the following symptoms have persisted (four if the mood is only
irritable) and have been present to a significant degree: 
1.inflated self-esteem or grandiosity 
2.decreased need for sleep (e.g., feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep) 
3.more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking 
4.flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing 
5.distractibility (i.e., attention too easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external stimuli) 
6.increase in goal-directed activity (either socially, at work or school, or sexually) or psychomotor agitation 
7.excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g., engaging in
unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments) 
C. The episode is associated with an unequivocal change in functioning that is uncharacteristic of the person when not
symptomatic. 
D. The disturbance in mood and the change in functioning are observable by others. 
E. The episode is not severe enough to cause marked impairment in social or occupational functioning, or to necessitate
hospitalization, and there are no psychotic features. 
F. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication, or other
treatment) or a general medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism). 
Note: Hypomanic-like episodes that are clearly caused by somatic antidepressant treatment (e.g., medication, electroconvulsive
therapy, light therapy) should not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder. 
DSMV-IV
Diagnosis of Bipolar Disordernote:  this document is for educational purposes and is not meant to
infringe on any copyright laws.Bipolar I Disorder–Diagnostic Features (DSM-IV, p. 350)
The essential feature of Bipolar I Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Manic
Episodes or Mixed Episodes. Often individuals have also had one or more Major Depressive Episodes. Episodes of
Substance-Induced Mood Disorder (due to the direct effects of a medication, or other somatic treatments for depression, a drug of
abuse, or toxin exposure) or of Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition do not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I
Disorder. In addition, the episodes are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on
Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, Delusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. . . . 
Bipolar II Disorder–Diagnostic Features (DSM-IV, p. 359)
The essential feature of Bipolar II Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Major
Depressive Episodes accompanied by at least one Hypomanic Episode. Hypomanic Episodes should not be confused with the
several days of euthymia that may follow remission of a Major Depressive Episode. Episodes of Substance- Induced Mood
Disorder (due to the direct effects of a medication, or other somatic treatments for depression, a drug of abuse, or toxin exposure)
or of Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition do not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder. In addition, the
episodes are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform
Disorder, Delusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. . . . 
Criteria for Major Depressive Episode (DSM-IV, p. 327)
A. Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from
previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure. 
Note: Do not include symptoms that are clearly due to a general medical condition, or mood-incongruent delusions or
hallucinations. 
1.depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or
observation made by others (e.g. appears tearful). Note: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood. 
2.markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by
either subjective account or observation made by others) 
3.significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or
decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. Note: In children, consider failure to make expected weight gains. 
4.insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day 
5.psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness
or being slowed down) 
6.fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day 
7.feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely
self-reproach or guilt about being sick) 
8.diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed
by others) 
9.recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or
a specific plan for committing suicide 
B. The symptoms do not meet criteria for a Mixed Episode. 
C. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. 
D. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general
medical condition (e.g., hypothyroidism). 
E. The symptoms are not better accounted for by bereavement, i.e., after the loss of a loved one, the symptoms persist for longer
than 2 months or are characterized by marked functional impairment, morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, suicidal ideation,
psychotic symptoms, or psychomotor retardation. 
Criteria for Manic Episode (DSM-IV, p. 332)
A. A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting at least 1 week (or any duration if
hospitalization is necessary). 
B. During the period of mood disturbance, three (or more) of the following symptoms have persisted (four if the mood is only
irritable) and have been present to a significant degree: 
1.inflated self-esteem or grandiosity 
2.decreased need for sleep (e.g., feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep) 
3.more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking 
4.flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing 
5.distractibility (i.e., attention too easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external stimuli) 
6.increase in goal-directed activity (either socially, at work or school, or sexually) or psychomotor agitation 
7.excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g., engaging in
unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments) 
C. The symptoms do not meet criteria for a Mixed Episode. 
D. The mood disturbance is sufficiently severe to cause marked impairment in occupational functioning or in usual social activities
or relationships with others, or to necessitate hospitalization to prevent harm to self or others, or there are psychotic features. 
E. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication, or other
treatments) or a general medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism). 
Note: Manic-like episodes that are clearly caused by somatic antidepressant treatment (e.g., medication, electroconvulsive therapy,
light therapy) should not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder. 
Criteria for Mixed Episode (DSM-IV, p. 335)
A. The criteria are met both for a Manic Episode and for a Major Depressive Episode (except for duration) nearly every day
during at least a 1-week period. 
B. The mood disturbance is sufficiently severe to cause marked impairment in occupational functioning or in usual social activities
or relationships with others, or to necessitate hospitalization to prevent harm to self or others, or there are psychotic features. 
C. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication, or other
treatment) or a general medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism). 
Criteria for Hypomanic Episode (DSM-IV, p. 338)
A. A distinct period of persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting throughout at least 4 days, that is clearly different
from the usual nondepressed mood. 
B. During the period of mood disturbance, three (or more) of the following symptoms have persisted (four if the mood is only
irritable) and have been present to a significant degree: 
1.inflated self-esteem or grandiosity 
2.decreased need for sleep (e.g., feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep) 
3.more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking 
4.flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing 
5.distractibility (i.e., attention too easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external stimuli) 
6.increase in goal-directed activity (either socially, at work or school, or sexually) or psychomotor agitation 
7.excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g., engaging in
unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments) 
C. The episode is associated with an unequivocal change in functioning that is uncharacteristic of the person when not
symptomatic. 
D. The disturbance in mood and the change in functioning are observable by others. 
E. The episode is not severe enough to cause marked impairment in social or occupational functioning, or to necessitate
hospitalization, and there are no psychotic features. 
F. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication, or other
treatment) or a general medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism). 
Note: Hypomanic-like episodes that are clearly caused by somatic antidepressant treatment (e.g., medication, electroconvulsive
therapy, light therapy) should not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder. 
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Dr. Phelps about Bipolar Disorder  
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Benny the Bipolar Puppy 
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Bipolar Children 
Bipolar Disorder News 
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Book
Reviews 
Bookstore  BP
& Other mental Illness  
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Contact Us 
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