Take an Online Survey To Help Problems with Missed Diagnosis

Dr. Yanni Malliaris, Bsc, PhD, of the Hellenic Bipolar Organisation and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, is spearheading an online study called “Energy, Activity, and Mood Across the World.” Dr. Malliaris says they had about 4,000 participants as of mid-May and are shooting for 10,000.

The study introduction says, “We are looking at how changes in mood, energy and activity levels affect the behaviour of people across the world. Instead of looking simply at negative emotional states, we are primarily interested in positive mood states and their impact in people’s social life and work. If you decide to participate you will be asked to complete 5 brief web-questionnaires and provide some simple demographic information (age, gender, country etc.).”

Since 59% of psychotherapists missed the correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder do your part and Take the Survey to help these researchers toward their goal of improving diagnostic testing for bipolar disorder.

I love the idea behind this, especially in light of the fact that I have recently been arguing with my doctors about my mood state (because I haven’t lived with BD for well over half of my life and know all of its ins and outs with me). I know that when in the the more extreme ‘positive’ states, many patients exhibit lack of insight, it’s an actual criterion for diagnoses. But I haven’t been manic, and after all of these years playing at this I know what my mood state is better than any M.D.

Your insight reminds me of the whole hypomanic vs full on manic issue I had. I didn’t understand there was a real difference from full on raving vs the subtler hypomania, and neither did my first Dr. I hope you can reach your Drs. Nothing worse than having a Doc who won’t listen.

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