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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder, most especially in children, which is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms are also present in children with bipolar disorder, so proper diagnosis is often difficult.

ADHD or Bipolar?
Last week I saw an 18 year old, whose mother is convinced he has ADHD. She's probably right. However, he may also have a Bipolar condition. The Bipolar Disorder, if he has it, might actually account for some or even all of his attention/distractibility problems.

ADHD Kids May Have Bipolar Disorder, Too
Distractibility, hyperactivity, and talkativeness are all hallmark signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as any parent of a child with ADHD can tell you. In a minority of children, though, they can also be signs of childhood-onset bipolar disorder.

Diagnosing Bipolar vs. ADHD
Both disorders share many characteristics: impulsivity, inattention, hyperactivity, physical energy, behavioral and emotional lability (behavior and emotions change frequently), frequent coexistence of conduct disorder and oppositional-defiant disorder, and learning problems.

NIMH: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
A detailed booklet that describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping.

Mania Is Mistaken for ADHD in Prepubertal Children
Although considered rare in children, BPD is one of the most impairing forms of child psychopathology. However, its diagnosis has been controversial because of diagnostic uncertainties, especially its symptomatic overlap with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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