Bipolar disorder diagnosis

The first step to get help for your mental health is to speak to your GP. They will ask you about the symptoms you’re experiencing, how long they last, the impact on your life and your family history.

It can help to keep a record of your moods so that you and your GP can understand your mood swings.

To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, your GP will need to refer you to a psychiatrist who will assess you.

Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose because it affects everyone differently and the symptoms can be the same as other mental health problems. It can take a long time to get a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

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