Mixed feature depression can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be similar to other psychiatric disorders.
Symptom crossover remains a main reason why diagnostically, mixed feature depression or unipolar depression are very difficult conditions to identify.
“Someone who is for instance irritable, agitated, just all around moody, might get conceptionally as someone in a mixed state,” Joseph Goldberg, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine said in an interview with HCPLive®. “But you have to rule out other conditions that involve those types of symptoms and there are many.”
Goldberg presented during the 2022 Annual Psychiatric Times™ World CME Conference in San Diego on August 12.
Goldberg participated in the “Medical Crossfire: Treatment Approaches to Mixed Features of Bipolar vs Unipolar Depression,” during the conference with Nassir Ghaemi, MD, of Tufts University School of Medicine and Sanjai Rao, MD, of the University of California, San Diego
The doctors discussed issues with mixed feature depression in a debate style format.