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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and asperger's syndrome? And why it seems so hard for some doctors to tell each other apart?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Very different

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder -- the person may cycle between depression and mania, with normal mood interspersed.
Genetics may play a role. Asperger's syndrome is a milder form of autism, where people have social isolation and eccentric behavior beginning in childhood. Those w/asperger's can get very frustrated sometimes -- maybe it could look like mood instability, without complete history.

In brief: Very different

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder -- the person may cycle between depression and mania, with normal mood interspersed.
Genetics may play a role. Asperger's syndrome is a milder form of autism, where people have social isolation and eccentric behavior beginning in childhood. Those w/asperger's can get very frustrated sometimes -- maybe it could look like mood instability, without complete history.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Asperger/Bipolar

Asperger shows stereotyped behaviors, activities & interests, such as eye contact & facial expression, without extreme variations in moods or cognitive functioning.
The two can, however, coexist.

In brief: Asperger/Bipolar

Asperger shows stereotyped behaviors, activities & interests, such as eye contact & facial expression, without extreme variations in moods or cognitive functioning.
The two can, however, coexist.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Frank Gaskill
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Asperger's

I really don't know why this would be hard to tell apart.
They are very different difficulites. This is asperger's http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=xg1ngp1ngds.

In brief: Asperger's

I really don't know why this would be hard to tell apart.
They are very different difficulites. This is asperger's http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=xg1ngp1ngds.
Dr. Frank Gaskill
Dr. Frank Gaskill
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