Getting That All-important Diagnosis
I am not a psychiatrist, nor are any of your terribly wise friends
and relatives. Hence my warning here: whatever you find on
these pages, and on the sites you frequently will be referred
to, is strictly intended as an aid in understanding and/or
coming to terms with your, or a loved one's, manic depression.
Your first step on the road to making peace with bipolar illness
is to get a correct diagnosis: a task more difficult then
one would think. Shall we begin then...?
The DSM IV is the bible of diagnostic guidelines as used
in the United States and many other countries as well.
Find here the complete text describing bipolar disorder as
taken from the ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural
Disorders. Countries outside of the USA, across the board,
rely upon this guideline for diagnosing bipolar disorder.
- ICD-10 copyright © 1992 by World Health Organization,
Need help with all of the confusing terms used to describe
bipolar illness? You'll find both the medical and the layman's
definitions and descriptions in this section.
- Mixed States
- Rapid Cycling