Can A Blood Test Help Diagnose Bipolar Disorder?

In today’s video, we’ll be discussing the possibility of blood tests helping diagnose bipolar disorder. How does it work? What can a blood test detect? Wait, what exactly is bipolar disorder? We’ll talk about all of these AND more…

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Intro – 0:00
Can a Blood Test Help Diagnose Bipolar Disorder? – 00.30
What can a blood test detect? – 01.21
But is this conclusive? – 02.26
What do findings mean for treatments? – 02.52
What is Bipolar Disorder? – 03.41
Types of bipolar disorder – 05.26
Causes of bipolar disorder – 06.27
Genetics – 06.38
Brain structure and function – 07.04
Stress – 07.24


Can a Blood Test Help Diagnose Bipolar Disorder?
Short answer, yes. Nowadays, a blood test can be done to diagnose bipolar disorder. But it’s not the most common method of testing. The traditional method for diagnosis has always been a clinical evaluation. This is usually done through interviewing the patient, and discussing the symptoms.
Your doctor will only diagnose you with bipolar disorder if you have had at least one episode of mania or hypomania. They will determine how severe the episodes have been before making the diagnosis.
Physical exams and blood tests are done as a secondary method to rule out all other potential causes for symptoms. Keep in mind, this testing is still in its early stages.

What can a blood test detect?
A molecule called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, or BDNF, plays a major role in your brain’s ability to learn and memorize.
Scientists are still trying to learn more about it, but they have seen a connection between a person with a disorder, and the levels of BDNF in their bloodstream.

For more information, please watch the video until the very end.
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