Bipolar Disorder Test

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness and many people wonder if there are any bipolar tests that can be applied to help recognize the presence of this disorder.

bipolar disorder testYour doctor may order blood test to check your white blood cell count. T hey are examined to see if there is an infection. The red blood cells are checked for anemia. Blood tests are also used to evaluate lipid cholesterol, levels glucoses levels, vitamin levels, folic acid, levels and they. Tests are also used to check your thyroid, liver and your kidney functions. The doctor may also order urine analysis to check for diabetes. MRIs and CAT scans are not commonly used’ but they are useful and letting your doctor know if there are any brain abnormalities. Your doctor may request the spinal tap to illuminate spinal meningitis or encephalitis. The doctor may order blood test to check your thyroid.  The thyroid is very important because it has a direct affect on moods as well as mood altering drugs. You may find out that you have low levels of thyroid hormones which are called hypothyroidism which affects weight gain depression and lack of energy on the other you may have hyperthyroidism which can drastically increase your energy levels which mimic mania. The thyroid tests that are generally done are T 4 which is examined solely for identifying thyroid function. The T 3 is a hormone that has an effect on mood stability. Generally a T 4 test is performed and if it’s normal then doctors will perform the T 3 test. A thyroid stimulating hormone (T S H) is secreted by the pituitary gland. The T S H levels will tell your doctor if your thyroid levels are too high or too low. The T S H test is most common test done on the thyroid because it gives your doctor and accurate reading of hormonal levels. By using these bipolar test your doctor can eliminate other conditions that are not bipolar related. I have discovered that there are four basic types of bipolar disorder.

  • Bipolar 1
  • Bipolar 2
  • Cyclothymic disorder
  • Mixed Bipolar Features Episode