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.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|
van Bennekom, M. W. H. L., van Eijkelen, M., Geerling, B., Hillegers, M. H. J., de Leeuw, M., Kupka, R. W., & Regeer, E. J. (2019). Tijdige herkenning van bipolaire stoornissen; noodzaak en praktijkadviezen. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 61(6), 384-391.