Depression And Bipolar Disorder: 5 Key Differences Between The Two Conditions
January 12, 2018
Diagnosing mental disorders is sometimes tricky. There are no medical tests doctors can use to tell for sure that someone has a mental illness, e.g. depression. However, in some cases, brain imaging is used to look at the brain activity and search for abnormalities in patients with mental illness.
Mental health professionals have to rely on their own observations of the patient’s behavior and the patient’s or his or her relatives’ account of what is happening. This is why the person who makes a diagnosis sometimes can’t get the full picture, and bipolar disorder and unipolar depression may be confused.