If you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD it is important for you to keep abreast of the latest research that has been conducted. ADHD is the most searched of all childhood mental disorders and as such there is a wealth of information available out there. Of course, a lot of it needs to be disregarded but knowing what to believe and what to disregard can be tricky. For example, if someone tells you that more than half of all adults who have been diagnosed as Bipolar are also ADHD, you might be inclined to disregard this. However, the latest research is indicating that this is in fact correct. Likewise, over the last couple of decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of kids who are diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. Many of these have already received a diagnosis of ADHD as well. This brings to light the question of adhd and bipolar disorder.
Because ADHD is broken down into three sub-types not every case is the same. One child may be diagnosed with inattentive type ADHD while another might be diagnosed with combined type ADHD, displaying symptoms and behaviors that include those of inattentive type and hyperactive / impulsive type ADHD. The same can be said for Bipolar Disorder in that there are variations in the disorder.
Kids who have Bipolar are much more inclined to physical violence and can oftentimes being involved in fighting. They are irritable and prone to raging. Generally speaking the Bipolar child's moods are cyclic but there is a type of Bipolar that is produces rapid-cycling of moods. While Bipolar is very similar to depression it does not result in the sufferer feeling down all the time. There are times when the person's mood will walk to the opposite side of the spectrum and they will be excessively happy. Basically, when all is said and done, Bipolar disorder produces a roller coaster of emotions. The person experiences high highs, and low lows.
When it comes to adhd and bipolar there are similarities in the symptoms that cause an overlap, so to speak. It is believed that both disorders are biological but what the link between them may be is yet to be determined. Both disorders are characterized by inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, restlessness, behavior changes, sleep disturbances, etc.
Genetics is believed to play a vital role in whether a child is diagnosed with ADHD or Bipolar disorder and so is a possible link between the two. If one parent has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder there is a fifty-fifty chance that one or more of their children will also have the disorder. While there is a genetic link regarding Bipolar disorder, the occurrence of the children of a Bipolar parent being diagnosed with it is not as high as that of ADHD.
Boys and men are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls or women are. When it comes to Bipolar disorder, on the other hand, the sexes are equally likely to be diagnosed with the disorder. This is one of the differences between adhd and bipolar disorder.
Because there are many shared symptoms between the two disorders the lines separating them are inclined to blur. This makes diagnosis problematic and results in misdiagnosis very often. ADHD kids that also exhibit a tendency to be aggressive and / or defiant account for roughly forty percent of all ADHD Bipolar Disorder diagnoses.