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Home: Bipolar Information: Criteria: Bipolar II

Diagnostic Criteria for Bipolar II

  1. The person currently has, or in the past has had at least one major depressive episode.
  2. The person currently has, or in the past has had at least one hypomanic episode:
  3. The person has never experienced a manic or mixed episode.
  4. Another disorder does not better explain the episode.
  5. The symptoms are a cause of great distress or difficulty in functioning at home, work, or other important areas.

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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