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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 698-702

Are we overdiagnosing bipolar disorder?


Asha Bipolar Clinic, Asha Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Swetha Reddy
Asha Hospital, Road No. 14, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034, Telangana
India
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_419_17

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Bipolar disorder (BD) is an established diagnostic entity used by clinicians for over a century. It is distinguished by the distinct manic and depressive episodes with interepisode euthymia. It has an illness course where both recovery and recurrences are a rule and has a good long-term prognosis, as reported earlier by Emil Kraeplin. There is an opinion in the current literature that BD is often underdiagnosed as unipolar depression, and based on that opinion, spectrum concept was introduced. Here, we present 5 cases to highlight that overdiagnosis of BD is also not infrequent and we discuss its reasons and therapeutic implications.


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