Differential Diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder

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A. Cyclothymic Disorder. These patients will exhibit mood swings that will not meet the criteria for full manic episode or full major depressive episode.

B. Substance-Induced Mood Disorder. The effects of medication, drugs of abuse, toxin exposure should be excluded.

C. Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition. See explanation for dysthymic disorder and bipolar I.

VI.Treatment of Bipolar II Disorder. The treatment of Bipolar II disorder includes a mood stabilizer (and an antidepressant if indicated), and treatment is similar to that of Bipolar I disorder, described above. (See Mood Stabilizers, page 112)

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