Posted on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 4:31 pm
A recent study from the Journal of Affective Disorders claims that, when faced with a hypothetical diagnosis situation, only 41% of psychotherapists properly diagnosed bipolar disorder.
The study recruited more than 200 psychotherapists and provided them with hypothetical patients who demonstrated various symptoms related to bipolar disorder, including symptoms of depression paired with possible hypomanic tendencies. 59 percent of the mental health professionals made the wrong diagnosis and therefore were less likely to recommend the proper treatment.
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