To be or not to be a bipolar disorder patient: problems with diagnosis

Marianna Mazza, Marco Di Nicola, Luigi Janiri, Pietro Bria

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The diagnosis of bipolar disorder (BD) is predominantly clinical. Some authors have suggested that BD is underdiagnosed and that many patients, particularly those with major depressive disorder, actually have BD. Some studies have suggested that BD is wrongly diagnosed, probably because of the idea of a "bipolar spectrum." To address this potential overdiagnosis, clinicians should carefully and systematically assess whether symptoms are included in diagnostic criteria and include the individual context of the patient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-437
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of nervous and mental disease
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Humans


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