Question of the Week - Add Your Own Symptoms
Let’s play a little mind game. The experts have decided that you know more about your own illness than they do. They need your guidance. They’ve decided that the current DSM description of bipolar and its various symptom lists (depression, mania, hypomania, mixed) are in need of an overhaul. Help us, they are saying. What is YOUR clinical reality? What are we missing?
Question: What additional symptoms or cluster of symptoms would you add to the official DSM bipolar diagnosis?
Please feel free to regard your own personal experiences and insights as authoritative. I certainly do.
John is an author and advocate for Mental Health. He wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Depression and Bipolar Disorder.