A mixed episode is not a disorder itself, but rather is a description of a component of a specific type of bipolar disorder.
Like most mental disorders, a mixed episode must be severe enough to cause distress or impairment in social, occupational, education or other important functioning and is not better accounted for by the physiological effects of substance use or abuse (alcohol, drugs, medications) or a general medical condition.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Feb 2013
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