Sadness and depression are often considered as depression. But in many cases, these are just symptoms. Sometimes bipolar disorder is also a symptom of extreme depression. However, doctors cannot catch bipolar disorder quickly. So wrong treatment also happens. However, recent research suggests that it is possible to diagnose bipolar disorder through a blood test.
If you see the commotion among everyone, it seems that the person is very happy and happy. But when alone, in a moment it sinks back into darkness. Day after day started to suffer from depression. Bipolar disorder is one such mental illness. People can become depressed for a variety of reasons. You can also develop bipolar disorder even if you have a family history of the disease. But sadly, bipolar disorder is not diagnosed at an early stage. In most cases, the patient is assumed to be suffering from depression or lethargy. So doctors only treat depression. But that’s not always the case. In many cases, the patient also suffers from bipolar disorder.
1 percent of the world’s total population i.e. 80 million people suffer from bipolar disorder. About 40 percent of these people are misdiagnosed. In most cases, it is assumed that they suffer from depression. A blood test can help avoid this mistake. A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge is studying bipolar disorder and blood tests. The research paper was published in the journal ‘JAMA Psychiatry’.
This study by the University of Cambridge analyzed the mental status of 3,000 patients. 600 questions are asked about their past, present, family history, etc. Then 1000 out of 3000 participants had their blood tested. 600 metabolites present in the blood are analyzed by mass spectrometry. That’s where a biomarker is found in the patient’s blood. These biomarkers may help diagnose bipolar disorder. However, research is still going on. However, according to researchers, this blood test can diagnose bipolar disorder in 30 percent of cases.
According to Professor Sebin Bunn, who led the study, although depression and bipolar disorder have similarities, the two treatments are different. Rather, if a patient with bipolar disorder is given an antidepressant and not a mood stabilizer, the patient’s mood may worsen. This is why depression and bipolar disorder need to be properly diagnosed. But in most cases, it doesn’t happen.
First, very few people seek medical help when suffering from depression. People who then go to the doctor do not reveal the hyperactive part of the mind to the doctor. As a result, it becomes difficult even for doctors to diagnose bipolar disorder. In most cases, it is assumed that the patient is suffering from depression. But if bipolar disorder can be diagnosed through a blood test, doctors will also benefit from treatment.