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Advice for ADHD and bipolar?

Advice for ADHD and bipolar?

Comprehensive care: For best results, you need both a psychiatrist and a psychologist or other therapist, if the psychiatrist does not provide psychotherapy. Some do, and many do not. There are multiple forms of psychotherapy that will help support you. Managing your illnesses will not depend only on the medications. Attend carefully to your sleep/wake routines, and eat balanced, healthy, non-processed foods. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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Am i ADHD or bipolar? What should I do?

Am i ADHD or bipolar? What should I do?

Hard to say: Since you've provided no personal information, it's impossible for us to do anything but guess here on healthtap. For a personalized evaluation with opportunity to discuss your situation and options, please consult with a psychiatrist. Best wishes, . ...Read more

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How do I know if I have ADHD or bipolar disorder?

How do I know if I have ADHD or bipolar disorder?

Could be both: Adhd & bipolar disorder are conditions that require expert intervention for diagnosis & treatment. A person could have either or both at the same time (comorbid conditions). Bd are usually more rageful, irritable, aggressive & angry. Bd folks cycle through moods such as depression or extreme happiness (euphoria or mania). Adhd folks tend not to be that way. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ADHD and bipolar disorder?

What is the difference between ADHD and bipolar disorder?

Overlap: Its a good question and unless a psychologist or psychiatrist is very skilled misdiagnosis can happen. There is about a 70% symptom overlap between bipolar and adhd - but significant clues are 1. Adhd is developmental and evident usually in childhood. The restless impulsive behaviors in bipolar usually occur later and cycle with moods. Context of symptoms is everything. ...Read more

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Could there be a connection between ADHD and bipolar disease?

Possibly : There is at times and association between the two disorders. Some could have both of them at the same time. Generally what you see is that people could be misdiagnosed as one or the other, and upon follow-up later they discover that they were misdiagnosed. That is due to the fact that both disorders share some common symptoms. ...Read more

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Is ADHD or bipolar disorder passed onto my children genetically?

Is ADHD or bipolar disorder passed onto my children genetically?

PROBABLY, BUT...: Studies suggest that these things may have a genetic basis. However science hasn't reached a level where you could be told about your personal pregnancy. If these illnesses are in your family history or the father's, the odds of transfer to children become greater. ...Read more

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Do studies exist confirming use of fish oil for ADHD and bipolar?

Do studies exist confirming use of fish oil for ADHD and bipolar?

Yes: http://www.psycheducation.org/depression/meds/omega-3.htm. There's a study about fish oil. Also, the japanese eat the highest proportion of fish in their diet and have a low incidence of bipolar disorder. In my experience, 3-4 grams per day is needed for a few months before one notices much improvement. Severe cases of bipolar respond less well. ...Read more

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Doctors, how much would it be to get diagnosed with add/adhd, depression, bipolar, etc?

Doctors, how much would it be to get diagnosed with add/adhd, depression, bipolar, etc?

Varies: I'm assuming you mean the cost to have an initial evaluation for the diagnosis. If you are paying cash, it can vary among psychiatrists. I live in Las Vegas and here it would be around $300. You might want to call mental health offices in your area and just ask how much it would cost. If you have insurance, you may need a referral to see a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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My son, who turns 16 in 2 months, has ADHD with bipolar. What medication and dosage would be the best for him? He prefers mania over depression.

My son, who turns 16 in 2 months, has ADHD with bipolar. What medication and dosage would be the best for him? He prefers mania over depression.

Assessment: Don't try to figure this one out alone. You need to find a doctor you can trust. Even the best treatment isn't guaranteed to work the first time. Stick with it and don't give up on him. It's normal that he prefers mania, but mania can be devastating. If he can find a healthy stability he can have a much better life. Best to both of you. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more