Getting a Diagnosis for Bipolar Affective Disorder
If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from bipolar it is important to obtain a professional assessment for bipolar. Getting an accurate diagnosis for Bipolar affective disorder can sometimes be difficult because the symptoms can be similar to other issues like depression or ADHD and sadly for many people it can take years before Bipolar is accurately diagnosed.
These years can be an extremely stressful and worrying time for the individual and their family and therefore it is key to see an expert psychiatrist who is very experienced in diagnosing bipolar rather than a general practitioner.
What to expect when seeking a diagnosis for Bipolar Disorder
We can quickly arrange for you to see one of our specialist consultant psychiatrists who will be able to undertake a full diagnostic assessment. You do not need a GP referral and assessments can often take place within a few days.
The consultation will include:
The psychiatrist will conduct a complete psychiatric history. You will answer questions about your symptoms, the history of the problem, any treatment you've previously received, and your family history of mood disorders.
The psychiatrist may carry out a brief physical examination in order to rule out illnesses or medications that might be causing your symptoms. Screening for thyroid disorders can be particularly important, as thyroid problems can cause mood swings that mimic bipolar disorder.
Following your assessment, your clinician will take time to compile a full and detailed report, which will include a treatment plan with our best recommendations. These may include talking therapies and/or medication amongst others. It may also recommend further testing.
Where can I find out more?
If you are worried you, or a loved one might be suffering with bipolar, we can help. Please ring 0203 326 9160 to speak to someone today, in confidence, about arranging a private assessment.