Psychological Assessment of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

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Published by: American Psychological Association
Release Date: May 16, 2023
Contributors: Dr. Irving B. Weiner
Pages: 350
ISBN13: 978-1433839078



This comprehensive text describes a multimethod approach to assessing psychological and behavioral features of bipolar spectrum disorders alongside important contextual considerations.

It provides mental health professionals with valuable empirical and interpretive support as they answer assessment questions for diagnostic and decision-making purposes. Chapters are written by assessment psychologists who are renowned for their expertise and contributions in developing and researching specific assessment instruments or topics.

Contributors provide key information about widely used interview methods, self-report measures, and performance-based tests, including the MMPI-3, the SPECTRA, the Rorschach test, and cognitive and neuropsychological evaluations. They also review diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5-TR and the ICD-11.

Additional chapters review special considerations for differential diagnosis, including comorbidity with medical conditions, distinguishing bipolar spectrum disorders from other disorders with similar traits, and accounting for multicultural factors. Two in-depth case examples provide comprehensive illustrations of the multimethod evaluation process with an adolescent and an adult.


Drs. Kleiger and Weiner have gathered a stellar team of scholars in psychological assessment to share their expert knowledge on the diagnosis of bipolar spectrum disorders. Although bipolar disorders have been studied for more than a century, they are often misdiagnosed, resulting in less-than-optimal treatment outcomes. This book sensitizes students as well as novice and experienced clinicians to the differential diagnosis, comorbidity, and multicultural aspects of bipolar disorders while advocating a multimethod approach to psychological assessment.
Corine de Ruiter, PhD, Professor of Forensic Psychology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands