Bipolar disorder: a troubled diagnosis

Malhi, Gin S. and Berk, Michael 2015, Bipolar disorder: a troubled diagnosisTroublesome disguises: managing challenging disorders in psychiatry, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, Eng., pp.153-165.

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Title Bipolar disorder: a troubled diagnosis
Author(s) Malhi, Gin S.
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Title of book Troublesome disguises: managing challenging disorders in psychiatry
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 12
Total chapters 19
Start page 153
End page 165
Total pages 13
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of Publication Chichester, Eng.
Keyword(s) bipolar disorder
bipolar depression
manic-depressive illness
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Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Primary Health Care
General & Internal Medicine
Summary Bipolar disorder is indeed a troubled diagnosis. Conceived from manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a much narrower concept by virtue of the emphasis placed in modern psychiatric taxonomy on polarity rather than recurrence of mood episodes. At first, this "new diagnosis" floundered and received little attention, but once it established itself, it steadily gained interest throughout the "decade of the brain." By the beginning of the new millennium bipolar disorder was perfectly poised for a phenomenal expansion. Its rapid growth led to a proliferation of bipolar subtypes, each of which quickly gained disorder status, wrongly insinuating a disease entity. Prompted by the recent launch of DSM-5 and the imminent arrival of ICD-11, questions are being asked about this complex diagnosis, which has been so problematic, especially in children. This chapter discusses the evolution of bipolar disorder, in the hope that an understanding of its origins will shed light on why it remains such a troublesome diagnosis.
ISBN 9781118799574
Edition 2 ed
Language eng
Field of Research 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category BN Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin
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