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Modified June 6, 2005

Home: Bipolar Information: Diagnostic Criteria

Diagnostic Criteria for Bipolar Disorder

Manic-depression is the common term for bipolar affective disorder. The standard classification was given by Gerald Klerman, MD, who identified six forms of bipolar disorder (Psychiatric Annals 17: Jan. 1987).

  • Bipolar I: Mania and depression.
  • Bipolar II: Hypomania and depression.
  • Bipolar III: Cyclothymic disorders.
  • Bipolar IV: Hypomania or mania precipitated by antidepressant drugs.
  • Bipolar V: Depressed patients with bipolar relatives.
  • Bipolar VI: Mania without depression.
See the following links for Detailed Information:
Major Depressive Episode
Manic Episode
Hypomanic Episode
Bipolar I
Bipolar II
Mixed Episode
Cyclothymic Disorder
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