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    ADHD vs. Bipolar Disorder
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    futilethewinds posted:
    I've always had a textbook case of ADHD, but I also always thought it might be possible I was bipolar, because I had rapid mood swings and struggled with depression all my life.

    Now I'm experiencing my first manic episode.

    I've already read WebMD's article on the matter, but I need more resources on distinguishing ADHD from Bipolar Disorder... can you folks help me out?
     
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    momuv4girls responded:
    ADHD is a common co-morbid condition for those diagnosed bipolar. A real good Psychiatrist should be able to evaluate you, your symptoms, and history and tease out what is what.

    I believe its really important to get a correct diagnosis, because most ADHD meds can cause mania, risk taking behaviors, and an increase in anxiety.

    Here is are a few articles to explore:
    http://www.adhdnews.com/bipolar.htm

    http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/2511.html

    Take care,
    -Kathleen


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