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Essentials: Bipolar Disorder Delayed Diagnosis

Friday 03rd April 2020

The Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds LS1 2HQ

12.00pm Registration and Lunch, 12.30pm Start and 4.30pm Close


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Bipolar Disorder is widely under-diagnosed. People with this condition wait on average 10 years or more before receiving the diagnosis. The majority of Bipolar Disorder symptoms start in the adolescence. However determining the difference between typical teenage behaviour and behaviour that is a result of Bipolar Disorder is difficult for even the most experienced professionals. 

Bipolar Disorder is often misdiagnosed as depression. As a consequence patients may be given inappropriate treatment. Improved detection could lead to significantly improved out-comes for people with underlying, but unrecognised Bipolar Disorder. 

Led by Dr Anna Kucharska MD, PhD Consultant Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Independent Practice, the session will explore most common reasons why it is hard to distinguish Bipolar Disorder from other mental health conditions. It will cover differences in presentation in teenagers and most common misdiagnosis (Major Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder and ADHD). Cases will be used to discuss different presentations, clinical dilemmas and differential diagnosis. Service user perspective will be presented.

After attending this course delegates will be able to:

  • Recognise signs and symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents
  • Understand most common diagnostic difficulties and misdiagnosis
  • Have a service user perspective  
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