Catalyst - Bibolar Disorder - The Right Diagnosis?
Once known as manic depression, Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition that affects 100,000 Australians. And while it can be treated, there is no cure. For ten years, Craig Hamilton endured extreme highs and lows, yet it was the extreme lows he was being treated for. However, one day things got so bad Craig erupted and his colossal outburst allowed doctors to witness his true condition – finally allowing correct diagnosis and treatment. That was the day Craig 'said a prayer, big time'.
Craig's situation is not an isolated case. Even to the trained eye of a GP or psychiatrist, Bi-polar can look a lot like depression. As a result, patients are often misdiagnosed and therefore given the wrong treatment. But now, two Australian scientists believe their observations of the difference in the way the brains of people with and without Bi-Polar disorder respond to specific stimuli, have set them well on the way to developing the first physical diagnostic test for the disorder.
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