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What If You Found Out That Your Bipolar Diagnosis Was Actually Depression?

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According to ScienceDaily.com, “New research has found that neurons deep inside the brain could hold the key to accurately diagnosing bipolar disorder and depression.” I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle News.

Researchers have used a sophisticated MRI scan to help differentiate when a patient has depression versus bipolar disorder and vice versa.

The study concluded with 80% accuracy that the amygdala, an area of the brain that plays an important role when it comes to people’s emotions, responds differently when someone has bipolar disorder vs depression. For those who have bipolar disorder, the left side of the amygdala is less active and less connected with other parts of the brain when compared to those with depression.

The lead researcher is hopeful that these findings could help properly diagnose both disorders. He says, "Mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder and depression, can be difficult to diagnose, as many conditions have similar symptoms.” In fact, it is estimated that 60% of patients with bipolar disorder are initially misdiagnosed with major depressive disorder.

Phase 2 of the study is already in the works.

MedCircle subscribers get on demand, original mental health content to help them wherever they are on their journey. Stay tuned for our upcoming original series on bipolar disorder - in the meantime, check out our original series on depression, Debunking Depression: Harnessing Your Hardwired Nature to Be Happy with Dr. Sue Varma. I’m Kyle Kittleson and remember, whatever you’re going through, you got this.

Source: ScienceDaily


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