DSM IV Guidelines




The DSM IV stands for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for psychiatric disorders. Commonly, and sometimes not fondly, referred to as the "bible" of the psychiatric profession. I've listed the DSM IV descriptions used in diagnosing someone with bipolar disorder. It is important that you keep in mind that these are not a precise indicator of the illness and that there is much controversy over how the various manifestations of the illness are treated in its pages. It is likely that the descriptions will undergo many more permutations with the publication of the next version. Please keep this in mind as you read the following criteria.

  1. Accurate Diagnosis Eludes Millions With Bipolar Disorder
  2. The Merck Manual - Access to the manual is found here.

Use the links below to read the actual DSM IV guidelines for Bipolar 1, 2, 3 and cyclothymia