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The Bipolar Affective Disorder Dimension Scale (BADDS)--a dimensional scale for rating lifetime psychopathology in bipolar spectrum disorders

Craddock, Nicholas John, Jones, Ian Richard, Kirov, George and Jones, L. 2004. The Bipolar Affective Disorder Dimension Scale (BADDS)--a dimensional scale for rating lifetime psychopathology in bipolar spectrum disorders. BMC Psychiatry 4 , p. 19. 10.1186/1471-244X-4-19

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Abstract

Current operational diagnostic systems have substantial limitations for lifetime diagnostic classification of bipolar spectrum disorders. Issues include: (1) It is difficult to operationalize the integration of diverse episodes of psychopathology, (2) Hierarchies lead to loss of information, (3) Boundaries between diagnostic categories are often arbitrary, (4) Boundaries between categories usually require a major element of subjective interpretation, (5) Available diagnostic categories are relatively unhelpful in distinguishing severity, (6) 'Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)' categories are highly heterogeneous, (7) Subclinical cases are not accommodated usefully within the current diagnostic categories. This latter limitation is particularly pertinent in the context of the increasing evidence for the existence of a broader bipolar spectrum than has been acknowledged within existing classifications

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bipolar Disorder/classification, Bipolar Disorder/diagnosis, Bipolar Disorder/psychology, Humans, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales/statistics & numerical data, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results, Severity of Illness Index
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1471-244X
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2017 19:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/72900

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