ADHD and Bipolar Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder are behavioral disorders that can exist in anyone. These are mental illnesses that can affect all ages from toddlers to senior citizens, with minor or major impact, and cross all racial, gender, and geographical lines.
The symptoms of both ADHD and Bipolar Disorder can be very subtle or very strong, and they can first appear at almost any age. Neither illness is limited to young people or to adults. Adult ADHD and Bipolar exists in every society just as it does within children and teenagers.
ADHD and Bipolar are not two names for the same thing. ADHD involves difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Bipolar Disorder involves deep and sometimes dangerous shifts in a person's mood.
Both can be very disruptive to a person's daily life, in similar and in very different ways.
The reason this site is focusing on two different disorders is:
ADHD and Bipolar Disorder share some symptoms and characteristics which causes confusion between them, in the public eye and sometimes even among medical professionals
- The existence of one disorder is often accompanied by the other - making them "comorbidities"
Because of the similarities and frequent coexistence of these disorders, the ability to separate their symptoms and be able to derive an accurate diagnosis between the two has been an ongoing challenge.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Among the disorders that seem intertwined with ADHD and Bipolar Disorder, one other mental illness has recently been added to this site -- Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD for short. This illness has a high comorbidity rate with ADHD, and shares the characteristic of "extreme behavior" with both ADHD and Bipolar.
The purpose of this site is to explain how to identify and deal with these disorders, and to illustrate their differences. Our intended audience is:
- the person who has been diagnosed with any of these disorders
- the person who wants more information to help decide whether he or she may possibly have one or more of these disorders
- the person whose loved one, coworker, friend, student, or classmate has any of these disorders
That last point is important, as the behavior of children with ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and/or Oppositional Defiant Disorder can have a very profound impact on family, fellow students and coworkers.
The parents of ADHD or bipolar children are certainly challenged by the presence of these disorders.
Parents of kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder also have significant struggles in their home lives, every day.
Their needs in terms of parenting skills and knowledge are twofold:
(1) how to manage the presence of these illnesses in the home, and
(2) how to maximize their kids’ learning experience in school.
More and more help and support is being asked by these parents, as the diagnoses of ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder in children are steadily growing.
The "Silver Lining"
There is actually a positive side to ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other conditions that are referred to as mental illnesses. As illustrated in our discussions of Famous People with Bipolar Disorder,
some of whom also are or were afflicted with ADHD, many people with one or more of these disorders are considered to be gifted.
This is because many successful, bright and accomplished people in world history suffer from these disorders. And in the opinion of many, their ADHD, Bipolar, or other conditions are believed to have helped drive them to their levels of accomplishment.
NOTE: the author of this site is not a medical professional, a psychiatrist, or a pharmacist. The author is instead a serious student of these disorders, with years of first hand experience with ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
The information presented in this website is drawn from research into these mental illnesses and from the opinions and expert knowledge of medical professionals the author has consulted with.
This site is intended to be a source of information and support. It is not intended to be a substitute for a visit to a medical professional.
- What Is ADHD
- What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a behavioral disorder that is among the most common mental illnesses, estimated to affect between 3% and 5% of all children and adults.
- Causes Of ADHD
- ADHD is one of the most common childhood mental illnesses. The causes of ADHD are not conclusively known, but the medical community knows some factors that are definitely involved.
- ADHD Symptoms
- ADHD symptoms are twofold: Attention Deficit is the inability to focus on anything for very long, and Hyperactivity is defined by impulsiveness and racing thoughts and actions.
- Medications For ADHD
- The most widely prescribed medications for ADHD are stimulants, which sounds counterproductive. But these meds have a calming effect on children, the age group that suffers the most from ADHD.
- Natural Treatments for ADHD
- Natural treatments for ADHD are gaining popularity as an effective way to supplement or even replace the traditional medication treatment approaches in use today
- What is Adult ADHD?
- What is adult ADHD? Does it exist? ADHD in adults is a very real combination; ADHD always begins in early childhood but may not be diagnosed right away.
- Self Test For Adult ADHD
- This self test for adult ADHD can help you understand the symptoms and help you decide whether to seek a professional medical evaluation - for yourself or for your child.
- What Is Bipolar Disorder
- What Is Bipolar Disorder? Read a definition of this mental illness, including its symptoms, the various types of Bipolar, who it affects, and what to do about it
- Causes of Bipolar Disorder
- The possible causes of Bipolar disorder continue to be researched. Some factors are known; others are strongly suspected. Not much is definite, yet.
- Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
- The symptoms of bipolar disorder explained, and how their severity affects the diagnosis of the type of bipolar disorder the person has.
- Types of Bipolar
- The characteristics and symptoms of the types of bipolar disorder, including bipolar 1, bipolar 2, cyclothymia, and mixed bipolar
- Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis
- Bipolar Disorder diagnosis is a difficult process, given the various types of bipolar disorder and the similarities & overlap between bipolar symptoms and those of other mental illnesses.
- Bipolar Treatment
- Bipolar treatment options are explained including medication, therapy, lifestyle, and the patient's responsibilities
- Bipolar Medications
- Bipolar medications fall into different categories, based on the bipolar symptoms they target
- Bipolar Disorder in Children
- Bipolar Disorder in children is a condition still in the process of discovery, without a lot of historical data as of yet. Experience with symptoms and treatment of bipolar kids grows by the day.
- Famous People with Bipolar Disorder
- Famous people with bipolar disorder, either confirmed or strongly suspected to have bipolar disorder - sorted by category
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder in children is a mental illness characterized by persistent and excessive hostility, anger and defiance toward adults by a child.
- Symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- The symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and its effects on the child's homelife, school experience and social life
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder Diagnosis
- Developing an oppositional defiant disorder diagnosis is difficult for the physician who must distinguish between normal childhood behaviors and other illnesses such as ADHD
- Treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- The treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder does not typically start with medication, unlike other mental illnesses. Psychotherapy is often the only treatment unless comorbidities exist.
- Medication for Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Medication for oppositional defiant disorder is not the first treatment option, as it is for treating other mental illnesses. Though, meds prescribed to treat comorbidities may also help with ODD.
- Parenting Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- The “art” of parenting oppositional defiant disorder children is the focus of psychotherapy training that is offered by hospitals and clinics, for parents of children with O.D.D.
- Parenting ADHD and Bipolar Kids
- Parenting ADHD and bipolar kids can be managed by following specific parenting tips and techniques
- ADHD and Bipolar News
- The latest ADHD and bipolar news, with information about treatment, causes, and the general effects of ADHD and Bipolar Disorder from around the globe