Bipolar and Mental Illnesses are written about here.

Bipolar Disorder & ADHD
“If you ask me “What is the most important thing you have learned in psychiatry over the last ten or twelve years?” I would say without hesitation that it is to identify and treat ADHD — with both medications and psychotherapy.”

“If you ask me, “What is the most important thing you have learned in psychiatry in 2014?”, it is that bipolar disorder and ADHD occur in the same person MUCH more commonly than I had thought and that I must continue to be very diligent in screening patients with bipolar disorder for ADHD.”

“However, with increasing experience with this comorbidity and careful longitudinal assessment, I have been really surprised by how OFTEN these two occur together. Patient after patient after patient. That is what prompted me to write this post. Even if you are already aware of this comorbidity, I suggest looking for it more systematically in all your patients with bipolar disorder by asking the patient and family member about symptoms of ADHD — BEFORE the bipolar disorder episodes and when the person is NOT depressed or manic. It it not too difficult once we focus the conversation on this issue.”



Comments on: "Comorbid Bipolar Disorder & ADHD" (1)

  1. I definitely have bipolar, there is just no doubt about that (Right now I’ve been manic for 3 weeks, let’s hope the crash isn’t too bad) as well as GAD and OCD. Several pdocs in the past have said that I have ADHD, but we’d never really addressed it. I’d forgotten about this until I recently when I saw a sheet with my Dx. on it, and it listed bipolar, GAD, OCD, and ADHD. I’ve really got to talk to my current therapist and prescriber about this, I just don’t see it…

    Thanks for the reminder.


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