Bipolar Diagnosis

The heroine in The Book of the North is a sixteen year old girl who is diagnosed with Bipolar disorder after a 15 minute conversation with a psychiatrist.

According to WebMD:

[T]he Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation estimates that at least three quarters of a million American children and teens may suffer from bipolar disorder, although many are not diagnosed. A recent study by researchers from Columbia University and elsewhere showed the diagnosis of bipolar disorder is up dramatically in children and teens and is also on the rise in adults.

Why do you think the diagnosis for Bipolar disorder is on the rise? Has the psychiatric community improved it’s ability to diagnose Bipolar disorder? Is the label being applied more liberally? Or is the broader definition of Bipolar disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders responsible?

Do you think anyone can determine someone’s true mental state in 15 minutes? How would you feel after receiving such life altering news? Do you think you would see your self differently?

Source: Feature, Kathleen. “8 Bipolar Myths: Symptoms, Mania, Diagnosis, Statistics, and More.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 14 July 2014. <;.


3 Comments on “Bipolar Diagnosis”

  1. H.Evans January 15, 2016 at 3:14 am #

    I think more people are looking for help.They don’t feel crazy they feel sick.

    • Tricia M Foster January 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

      There is so much information out there now that it really raises awareness of so many of these issues.

  2. Diane January 18, 2016 at 2:33 am #

    My best friend was diagnosed bipolar after a very bizarre ordeal and was admitted to a psych unit. It’s been many years, but to this day she claims it was really just a result from “the wrong thyroid medication” and that she never was bipolar. I think many people have difficulty with the stigma attached to a mental illness and would rather suffer than be labeled.

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