• Misdiagnoses are always possible.
  • Most definitely. As someone who works in the field (or at least educated in it) misdiagnosis are so much more common then you think.
  • I believe they can; especially if they are experiencing deep depression for the first time.
  • Sure! Particularly if someone is using drugs...that can mimic the highs and lows of bipolar disorder, particularly the rapid cycling type. However, I've found over the years that it's usually the other way around...people identified as depressed, and missing the other side, often being misdiagnosed for a long time. It's important to get a proper diagnosis, as the meds given for depression are very different from the mood stabalizers needed by folks that are truly bipolar.
  • Along with so many conditions often co-existing with bipolar, yes, outright mis-diagnoses. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (euphorias/artificial moods), fibromyalgia (fatigue/depression due to same), a person's particular neuroses, even painless migraine headaches. Post-traumatic stress disorder, if you aren't aware of the extreme stressor, can also lead to this diagnosis. to name a few.
  • Without a doubt it can be midiagnosed.
  • I would say yes that it is possible, but a good doctor will follow the book and there are 5 or 6 symptoms that have to be present to diagnose it. A person with those 5 or 6 symptoms would be in denial not to trust the diagnosis.
  • It seems to me that bi-polar disorder and bordeline personality disorder or other types of personality disorders get mixed up.
  • Yes, anything can be misdiagnosed.
  • Yes, yes, and yes - people can be misdiagnosed. I was put in the hospital and given three sessions of ECT because of my severe depression BEFORE the on-call neurologist discovered my depression, seizures, irritability, loss of concentration, weight loss were due to B-12 DEFICIENCY!! Once I started on daily, then weekly B12 shots - never had any problems since. Have them check the levels of your friend. Also, I don't drink or do drugs - so that was not a factor - okay, so one cocktail @ Chili's every couple of months - but nothing chronic.
  • Sure. Many symptoms are similar, especially ADHD and people who used alcohol, cocaine etc. may act like bipolars.
  • Absolutly. There aren't many diseases that *can't* be mis-diagnosed.

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