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Structured or semi-structured clinical interviews often miss the subtle signs of bipolarity. People with Bipolar 2 go on average for ten years between manifestation of symptoms and correct treatment. Experts in the bipolar spectrum have developed other instruments that ask questions easier for patients to understand and answer correctly. Here are some of them:

Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale - How much does this story fit you?

Mood Disorder Questionnaire - Series of plain English questions

Other Instruments to Measure Symptoms - A variety to track substance use, suicide risk, mood, side effects...


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