Depression, Depression Types

Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

This is a category that includes disorders with bipolar features that do not meet the criteria for any specific Bipolar Disorder. Examples are:

  • Very rapid alternation between manic symptoms and depressive symptoms that meet symptom criteria threshold but not duration required.
  • Recurrent Hypomanic Episodes without intercurrent depressive symptoms
  • A Manic or Mixed Episode superimposed on Delusional Disorder, residual Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.
  • Hypomanic Episodes, along with chronic depressive symptoms that are too infrequent to qualify for a diagnosis of Cyclothymic Disorder.
  • Situations in which the clinician has concluded that a Bipolar Disorder but it unstable to determine whether it is primary, due to a general medical condition, or a substance.