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How is bipolar disorder different from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Bipolar disorder is primarily a mood disorder. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects attention and behavior; it causes symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. While ADHD is chronic or ongoing, bipolar disorder is usually episodic, with periods of normal mood interspersed with depression, mania, or hypomania.

From: Bipolar Disorder or ADHD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."  "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Facts for Families #10: "Teen Suicide."

American Psychiatric Association. , 5th Ed. (DSM-V),  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 8, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."  "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Facts for Families #10: "Teen Suicide."

American Psychiatric Association. , 5th Ed. (DSM-V),  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 8, 2018

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