Assessment of depression in bipolar disorder
Up to 60% of bipolar patients initially present with depression , and the majority of bipolar patients will experience a major depressive episode at some stage in their lives. Depressive symptoms have the greatest negative impact on the lives of patients with bipolar disease [2,3]. If depression is suspected, the use of rating scales can aid the diagnosis (by ensuring that all key symptoms are addressed), quantify the severity of depression and assist in monitoring the response to treatment. Their use also optimizes a consistent therapeutic approach in successive evaluations.
KeywordsBipolar Disorder Beck Depression Inventory Major Depressive Episode Bipolar Patient Beck Depression Inventory Score
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