Overdiagnosis of bipolar disorder: a critical analysis of the literature

ScientificWorldJournal. 2013 Nov 20:2013:297087. doi: 10.1155/2013/297087.


Bipolar disorder (BD) is considered one of the most disabling mental conditions, with high rates of morbidity, disability, and premature death from suicide. Although BD is often misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder, some attention has recently been drawn to the possibility that BD could be overdiagnosed in some settings. The present paper focuses on a critical analysis of the overdiagnosis issue among bipolar patients. It includes a review of the available literature findings, followed by some recommendations aiming at optimizing the diagnosis of BD and increasing its reliability.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bipolar Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Errors*
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors