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The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.

Screening Guidelines

There are some screening tools for bipolar disorder, such as the Mood Disorder Questionnaire. This one-page report has 13 yes-or-no questions that are based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual's criteria for bipolar disorder.


Bipolar disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated August 15, 2013. Accessed September 4, 2013.

Bipolar disorder in adults. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: Updated 2012. Accessed September 4, 2013.

DSM-5. American Psychiatric Association website. Available at: Accessed September 4, 2013.

Last reviewed September 2015 by Rimas Lukas, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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