A friend asked if his bipolar diagnosis could actually be misdiagnosed ADHD.
ADHD has many comorbidities, other problems that frequently occur with it.
Bipolar (used to be manic depressive) is a major one.
In US adults, 1 to 4% have bipolar; about 4% have ADHD.
Over half of people with bipolar also have ADHD; about 20 % of people with ADHD also have bipolar. I assume there’s some commonality in genes, miswiring, and brain chemistry.
Some of the symptoms of ADHD and hypomania (mild mania) appear somewhat similar but a good history should make misdiagnosis rare.
Bipolar usually onsets in the early 20s; ADHD in childhood. ADHD moods fluctuate rapidly with events; bipolar moods last days to months and often have no identifiable precipitant. Bipolar symptoms occur in episodes, with periods of normal in between; ADHD symptoms are always present, although they may wax and wane somewhat.
Full mania has such severe symptoms that it would be hard to mistake it for ADHD. Bipolar always has depressive episodes; people with ADHD often get a depression. The diagnosis is a little more difficult in someone who’s depressed who might also have ADHD.
If you’re unsure about diagnosis, get a good evaluation from a psychiatrist or psychologist who knows about ADHD; not all do. And take someone with you who knows you, preferably from childhood. We don’t always see ourselves accurately.
Bonus: from Comments: ADHD app, from Dinos, the tech guy:
“Doug, if you’re curious about using cell phones to maintaining lists check out an app called Microsoft To Do. it’s really simple and doesn’t overwhelm you with features but has this really neat feature/concept called My Day. Check out this lady’s blog post where she talks about it a little more in-depth
I hope you all read the comments; they’re very good.
Question O the Day:
Do you read the comments?
Personal Comments O the Day:
I’m pretty sure we’re not supposed to use three colons in the same sentence.
The ADHD book and the novel are on hold while I’m correcting errors, mostly typos, in Your Life Can Be Better and publishing a second edition. What appeared to be a simple project has turned into a nightmare. I’m enormously grateful for help from Jo and my son in law or I might’ve given up.
Quote O the Day:
“Nothing is ever easy.”
More on Bipolar If You Wanted:
Bipolar, used to be manic depressive, has two forms:
Bipolar I has recurrent episodes of mania and depression, usually with periods of normality in between.
Bipolar II is the same except the mania never reaches full mania, just “hypomania.”
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