What to Expect - Bipolar Disorder

What to Expect
Patient Guide: Bipolar Disorder

Common Tests or Labs to Diagnose Bipolar Disorder

There is no specific test that can diagnose or measure bipolar disorder, it is generally detected by family physician with regular check up
Test Why Test? What Happens? Result
Psychological Examination Helps to assess your current state of mind and rule out other mental disorders A doctor or mental health provider will talk to you about your thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns. Or also request you fill out assessment questionnaires Results will vary based on the assessment given.
Complete Blood Count Helps identify any physical problems that could be causing bipolar-like symptoms, such as thyroid issues or anemia After a tourniquet is applied to the upper arm, the puncture site of skin is swabbed with alcohol and a needle punctures the skin, entering a vein. Blood is drawn into a syringe for analysis.The tourniquet is then removed and a pressure bandaid is applied. Thyroid Function Test:TSH – 0.4 to 6mlU/LTotal T4 – 4.5 to 12.5mg/dLFree T4 – 0.7 to 2.0ng/dL T3 – 0.2 to 0.5ng/dL White Blood Count=4.5-11 Red Blood Count Male 4.5-5.3 Female=4.1-5.1 Hemoglobin Male= 13-16 Female= 12-16 Hematocrit Male=37-49% Female=36-46%
CAT Scan To rule out brain disorders like stroke and brain tumor After lying flat on your back on the CT exam table, straps and pillows may be applied to maintain position.The table then moves through the scanner as images are obtained.  The table may make several passes.The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and is usually painless. No masses, no constriction of cerebral blood flow, no obstruction of sinuses or fluid sacs
MRI To rule out brain disorders like stroke and brain tumor You are asked to lie on your back on a table with your head, torso, and arms strapped down to prevent movement.  The table then slides into a tunnel-like space that contains a magnet.You may hear banging or tapping noises from the magnet movement but there is often piped in music to soothe you and mask the noise.Images are taken in body cross sections.The test usually takes 30-60 minutes and is painless. No masses, growths, strictures, or irregularities of the brain