Screening for Bipolar Disorder
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
The purpose of screening is to find a health problem early and treat it. Tests are given to people who do not have signs of a problem but may be at risk for one.
People are not screened for bipolar disorder unless a doctor thinks that they may have it. There are some screening tools for it, such as the Mood Disorder Questionnaire.
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated 11/3/2020