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Home: Bipolar Information: Criteria: Bipolar I Disorder

Diagnostic Criteria for Bipolar I Disorder

  1. A person experiences a current or recent episode that is manic, hypomanic, mixed, or depressed.
  2. Unless this is a first single manic episode there has been at least one manic, mixed, hypomanic, or depressive episode.

  3. Another disorder does not better explain the episode.

Many of the specifiers used to describe mood disorders may be applicable for Bipolar I disorder.

These criteria are excerpts from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-IV, © 1994, American Psychiatric Association.

Modified July 30, 2005

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