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Identifying Bipolar II Disorder Using the DSM-IV-TR

What are the behaviors and symptoms of bipolar II disorder according to DSM-IV-TR criteria?

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DSM-IV-TR Criteria for Bipolar II Disorder:

296.89 Bipolar II Disorder (Recurrent Major Depressive Episodes With Hypomanic Episodes)

A. Presence (or history) of one or more Major Depressive Episodes

B. Presence (or history) of at least one Hypomanic Episode

C. There has never been a Manic Episode or a Mixed Episode

D. The mood symptoms in Criteria A and B are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, Delisional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

E. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

A Depressive Episode is classified as:

A. Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure.

(1) depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful)
(2) markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by either subjective account or ...

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