Applying Differential Diagnosis to Depressive and Bipolar Disorders
The differential diagnosis of bipolar disorder involves assessing other conditions with manic-like symptoms, such as organic mood disorders. Examples of such disorders include metabolic conditions, drug intoxications, and tumors. Mania caused by substance abuse is often referred to as secondary mania. Similarly, several factors could lead to depressive symptoms among individuals. Some of the conditions causing depressive symptoms include multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s. Other illnesses such as diabetes and thyroid disorders can also explain the symptoms.