BACKGROUND There is an average 10-year delay in diagnosing bipolar disorder, hampering the application of effective therapeutic interventions. AIM To investigate factors contributing to early recognition. METHOD We give a stage-oriented overview of the opportunities for early recognition. RESULTS Recognition in stage 0 (at-risk) and stage 1 (prodromal) is yet impossible. In stage 2 (syndromal) there are opportunities for better recognition in patients presenting with depression by conducting a thorough (collateral) psychiatric assessment, family history and by applying additional screening tools. CONCLUSIONS There are opportunities for better recognition of bipolar disorder in the syndromal stage.
|Translated title of the contribution||Earlier recognition of bipolar disorder - Necessity and advice for clinical practice|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|