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Technology to Aid in Differentiating Depression, Bipolar

A troubling factor in treating mental health disorders is the amount of time it sometimes takes to establish a diagnosis. Remarkably, some experts say it often takes from six to ten years to properly diagnose a mental health condition. However, new research seeks to speed the process and end misdiagnosis by looking for a “biomarker” in the brain that will help diagnose and treat two commonly misdiagnosed disorders, depression and bipolar. Currently, diagnosis is made by patient observation and verbal history. Mistakes are not uncommon, and patients can find themselves going from doctor to doctor receiving improper diagnoses and prescribed medications to little effect.

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