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The Subtle Forms of Bipolar Disorder Name Course Instructor’s Name Date Abstract The essay aims to address a two-fold objective to wit: (1) to identify the subtle forms of bipolar disorder; and (2) to provide factual information and empirical description of bipolar disorder and its subtle forms…
Most of the reviewed sources suggest that revision must be made in the current diagnostic criteria used in order to draw clear boundaries between personality, affective, psychotic, and other comorbidity disorders. Majority of the studies also support the idea that there are subtle forms of bipolar disorder which should be diagnosed and treated accordingly, while a few do not support the idea that these subtle forms must be made distinct categories of bipolar disorder. The review of research literature also addressed the reasons why clinical staff misdiagnosed bipolar disorder. A brief description is provided, as well as the categories of bipolar disorder. The review of research literature suggests recommendations that would aid in drawing the clear boundaries of bipolar disorder and, thus, would reduce the number of misdiagnosis of the disorder. The Subtle Forms of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is a disease with subtle specificity and sensitivity (Quinn, 2007, 19). With the widening of the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder comes the loss of specificity and danger of overdiagnosis due to the increase in sensitivity of the subtle manifestations of bipolar disorder. ...
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