If I'm Not Bipolar, What Am I?



ballAttention-Deficit Disorder (ADD)

ballAmerican Description: Diagnostic Criteria

II. six (or more) of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:


  1. often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
  2. often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
  3. often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)
  4. often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
  5. is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor"
  6. often talks excessively


  1. often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  2. often has difficulty awaiting turn
  3. often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)
B.  Some hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before age 7 years.
C.  Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g., at school [or work] and at home).
D.  There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.
E.  The symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).
Specify Type: Differential Diagnosis
Age-appropriate behaviors in active children; Mental Retardation; understimulating environments; oppositional behavior; another mental disorder; Pervasive Developmental Disorder; Psychotic Disorder; Other Substance-Related Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

For much more information on this disorder and related ones, go here.

ballUnipolar Depressive

Clinical depression.

The diagnostic criteria for depression is quite long and detailed so rather than list it here I urge you to follow the link given in this section for the full rendition of the American criterion from the DSM IV. I provide a quick check guide to depression on this site. You can find it here. For the full DSM IV Diagnostic Criterion go to the Internet Mental Health site. This links directly to the page on depression.


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