New Blood Test Helps Predict (and Prevent?) Bipolar Disorder

man looking into a crystal ballIs it depression or bipolar disorder? This is one of the most challenging questions psychiatrists face in daily practice, and getting the answer wrong can have serious consequences. A test that could help with diagnostic and treatment decisions would certainly be a big step in the right direction. Researchers at the University of Coimbra in Portugal may have found a simple new way to help predict which people with depression will later go on to develop bipolar disorder: a blood test for uric acid.

Learn more about what this simple inexpensive test can tell you about your depression and the exciting and important questions it raises about the very nature of mood disorders in my article on Psychology Today.

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