ADHD vs BPD

So what’s the deal with ADHD and Bipolar disorder. They seem to be diagnoses that are popping up everywhere. Adults and preschoolers alike are being diagnosed and treated for this conditions at rates that were unheard of 10 years ago. Maybe there is something in the water, or the genes, or even bad parentlng. Who knows? That is not what this is about.

 

What is this about? Well, it’s a little info session.

 

What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the full name of ADHD. There are 3 subtypes of the attention disorder: Hyperactive, Inatentive, and mixed.  ADHD is often seen as a childhood disorder, although adults can be affected.  Some symptoms include: difficulty with staying focused, completing tasks, staying organized; fidgeting; non-stop talk; spacing out; impulsiveness; sluggishness.

 

Bipolar Disorder, or BPD, is a mood condition. Often charaterized by mood swings. Bipolar Disorder is moslty studied and diagnosed in adults but is also seen in children.The symptoms very from high – fast talking, feeling jumpy, sleeping a little and behaving impulsively – to low – feeling worried or empty, sluggish, irritable, suicidal – and tend to be episodic and serious if untreated. 

 

If you find yourself reading the lists of symptoms and scratching your head, you are not alone. If you find yourself thinking of yourself or loved and trying to figure out which is plagueing you/him/her. Again, you are not alone. I must say, this post is not intended for medical diagnosis and if you have any concerns you should seek out a medical professional. With that disclaimer out of the way we can really talk. 

 

There are many similiarities between Bipolar Disorder and ADHD, especially in children and teens according “Bipolar or ADHD” article. It get’s better. According research done at Massachusetts General Hospital, an adult with Bipolar Disorder can also have ADHD. How levely, right? Even that gets better. People with dual diagnoses suffer from amplified symptoms. 

 

What’s the bottom line? 

“Bipolar disorder is primarily a mood disorder. ADHD affects attention and behavior; it causes symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. While ADHD is chronic, bipolar disorder is usually episodic, with periods of normal mood interspersed with depression, mania, or hypomania.” – from Bipolar Disorder or ADHD

 

If you have questions or concerns contact a medical professional.

 

For further reading:

Bipolar Disorder or ADHD – http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar_disorder_or_adhd 

ADHD – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/adhd_booklet.pdf

 Adult ADHD, Bipolar Disorder May Overlap – http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/news/20030711/adult-adhd-bipolar-disorder-may-overlap 

Bipolar Disorder – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/nimh-bipolar-adults.pdf

 

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