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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 297087, 5 pages
Review Article

Overdiagnosis of Bipolar Disorder: A Critical Analysis of the Literature

UT Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, UT Houston Medical School, 1941 East Road, Houston, TX 77054, USA

Received 30 August 2013; Accepted 23 September 2013

Academic Editors: W. M. Bahk, C. M. Beasley, and H. Hori

Copyright © 2013 Amna A. Ghouse et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Bipolar disorder (BD) is considered one of the most disabling mental conditions, with high rates of morbidity, disability, and premature death from suicide. Although BD is often misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder, some attention has recently been drawn to the possibility that BD could be overdiagnosed in some settings. The present paper focuses on a critical analysis of the overdiagnosis issue among bipolar patients. It includes a review of the available literature findings, followed by some recommendations aiming at optimizing the diagnosis of BD and increasing its reliability.