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Is It Bipolar or a Different Diagnosis?

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Many people with different psychological disorders.
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Many different moods.
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Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder


Woman going through a manic episode associated with bipolar disorder.
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Bipolar disorder always includes mania


Man with depression.
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Unipolar depression is not bipolar disorder


Woman with borderline personality disorder feeling lonely.
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Borderline personality disorder is not bipolar disorder


Smug businessman with narcissistic personality disorder.
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Narcissistic personality disorder is not bipolar disorder


Expressionless man with schizophrenia.
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Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder, not a mood disorder


Different personalities portrayed through abstract art.
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Dissociative identity disorder is not bipolar disorder


Child with dysmorphic mood dysregulation disorder having an outburst in a supermarket.
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Defining dysmorphic mood dysregulation disorder


Happy circle of friends.
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Strategies to get a correct psychiatric diagnosis


Julie A. Fast

Julie A. Fast

@juliebipolar

Julie A. Fast is the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder, Get it Done When You’re Depressed, and The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder. Julie won the Mental Health America Journalism Award for the best mental health column in the U.S. and was the recipient of the Eli Lily Reintegration award for her work in bipolar disorder advocacy. Julie is CEU certified and regularly trains health care professionals, including psychiatric residents, social workers, therapists, and general practitioners on bipolar disorder and mental health management skills. She was the original consultant for Claire Danes for the show "Homeland" and is on the mental health expert registry for People Magazine. She is a sought-after coach for parents and partners of people with bipolar disorder.