Diagnostic questions around bipolar illness, major depressive episodes, ADHD, and severe personality disorders can be resolved by the careful evaluation of
- the depressive symptomatology,
- the presence and
nature of suicidality
- the presence or absence of true manic or
- cognitive functions
- the quality of
- characteristics of personality disorders
- the role of substance abuse
- the presence or absence and type
of antisocial behavior.
Adequate diagnosis facilitates optimal treatment.
Source: Kernberg, O.F. and Yeomans, F. E. (draft): Bi-Polar Disorder,
Depression, Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder and Borderline and
other Severe Personality Disorder: Practical Differential Diagnosis.
Full article to be published soon.