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How can I help my doctor diagnose bipolar disorder?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Be a detective yourself and track your mood changes and sleep patterns daily. Let your family and friends be part of the process, too. They have unique insight into the changes in your mood and behavior. Don’t hide anything. Keep a journal to show your doc. The more information you reveal, the more help you provide your doctor.
Ruth White, MPH
Social Work
It's very important that you bring to your first or second visit a journal, logs, and an informant (such as a spouse, partner, sibling, or close friend) who can give a more objective picture of your illness. Mental health professionals find this information extremely helpful, if not essential, for making an accurate diagnosis.
Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping with Symptoms, and More

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