Bipolar Disorder Over Diagnosed

Bipolar disorder, an ABC news article reports, according to a study done last year, is being over diagnosed. Then the article on the study goes onto say other disorders are being misdiagnosed bipolar disorder.

In the original 2008 study, researchers at Brown University School of Medicine found that of 145 adults who said they had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, 82 (57 percent) turned out not to have the condition when given a comprehensive diagnostic interview.

57 % is almost 60 %. That’s a lot of misdiagnosis!

This study, conducted by Brown University of Medicine, was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Study findings:

Nearly ½ had major depression.

¼ to 1/3 had borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, or social anxiety disorder.

When the researchers then compared the patients with 528 other psychiatric patients who had never been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, they found that those in the former group were nearly four times more likely to have borderline personality disorder.

They were also 70 percent more likely to have major depression and twice as likely to have PTSD.

Some of other diagnoses were less common but still seen at elevated rates among the patients previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder. These included antisocial personality disorder and impulse-control disorder.

One of the reasons why this over diagnosis is a serious concern is because the mood-stabilizing drugs used to treat bipolar disorder can cause damage to organs, such as kidneys and livers, and they can also affect a person’s immune system in an adverse fashion.

The authors of this study suggest that bipolar disorder is being over diagnosed because it has what they would characterize as an effective drug treatment while many of the other disorders mentioned are not treated by drugs.

They further point out that drug marketing campaigns have suggested that a lot of people with bipolar disorder are going undiagnosed, and that psychiatrists are responding to this marketing ploy.

I suspect that all too many people are spending way too much time seeking the answer to life’s mystery in a psychiatrist office. Once the psychiatrist has gotten a grip on such people, then the problem becomes how do we deprogram these people from this conditioning by the cult of psychiatry? The conditioning I am speaking of involves an almost total absorption in this notion of having a dis-ease.

If it’s not a unicorn, it must be a griffon. Right?