Individuals struggling with bipolar disorder are commonly misdiagnosed early on in treatment. This often leads to ineffective treatment and worsening of symptoms, causing further problems within the person’s life. Bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as other mental health problems due to various factors, and understanding the impact of these misdiagnoses is essential for patients and professionals alike.

Bipolar Disorder and Matching Symptoms

Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by unusual changes in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks. There are various types of the disorder that cause different symptoms to appear. The most common symptoms of the three types are manic, hypomanic, and depressive episodes.

Because depressive episodes are a significant part of the disorder, individuals are often misdiagnosed with major depressive disorder. This is because the symptoms are often similar, and manic episodes may be overlooked in favor of more “pressing” mental health conditions such as depression.

Is It Major Depressive Disorder?

One of the most common disorders that bipolar is misdiagnosed for is major depressive disorder. This is because, often, the first episode of mood disturbance for individuals with bipolar disorder is depression rather than mania. Because of this, patients often report feeling depressed without any symptoms of mania or hypomania, resulting in a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. This misdiagnosis can be harmful when manic symptoms come, as patients are not educated on them or given medication to control them. However, these are not the only consequences of misdiagnosis.

Consequences of Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosing any individual with the wrong mental health condition can be catastrophic for their healing. However, for people with bipolar disorder, the specific consequences are often unknown until it’s too late.

One of the most common consequences involving the misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder for major depressive disorder is increased manic episodes and rapid cycling due to treatment via antidepressants. Episodes may also increase both in frequency and duration.

A more severe outcome of misdiagnosis and ineffective treatment is an increased risk of suicide. Therefore, it is imperative for doctors and patients to do proper research to understand current symptoms and the possibility of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed mental health conditions. This is because symptoms often match those of major depressive disorder, patients presenting an incomplete history, and other factors. The consequences of misdiagnosing bipolar disorder can be catastrophic, which is why facilities like Alta Loma Transformational Services are providing education and comprehensive treatment on the subject. We help men of all ages heal from bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions. Our team of expertly trained staff can help you reclaim your life and get on the right road to recovery. Call us today at (866) 457-3843.

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