DSM-5: Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis With Major Depressive Disorder

Contributed by: Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA

Ask the Expert | April 19, 2017

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Can an individual suffer from both major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder at the same time or is it simply a transition from one diagnosis to the other? According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5), bipolar 1 disorder is defined by the presence or history of a manic/hypomanic episode.1…

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