I believe the public has a major misconception regarding which symptoms are consistent with bipolar disorder causes and which are not. It is evident when patients present for an initial psychiatric evaluation because they (or their family and friends) are worried that they are “bipolar.” However, in many cases, the bipolar disorder symptoms they report are often consistent with a completely different class of diagnoses.
It is easy to confuse major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder and many of the personality disorders because they can all present with seemingly similar symptoms. These disorders can significantly impact a patient’s mood and quality of life. However, with proper evaluation and treatment, their prognoses are all much improved.