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How often do you have bipolar disorder along with oppositional defiant disorder?

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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not Common

Many of the difficulties associated with oppositional defiant disorder could be seen in a child with bipolar disorder.
So, if a child truly has bipolar disorder, it will be best to explain the defiance and temper outbursts as part of the bipolar disorder, as opposed to using a separate diagnosis. When possible, it is always best to try to explain things with as few diagnoses as possible.

In brief: Not Common

Many of the difficulties associated with oppositional defiant disorder could be seen in a child with bipolar disorder.
So, if a child truly has bipolar disorder, it will be best to explain the defiance and temper outbursts as part of the bipolar disorder, as opposed to using a separate diagnosis. When possible, it is always best to try to explain things with as few diagnoses as possible.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Controversial

Traditionall odd is associated with adhd: 40% of those with adhd also have odd.
Odd usually starts at a young age and may continue lifelong or evolve into conduct disorder durng adolescence or resolve. Bipolar disorder is a controversial diagnosis in childhood; in its most consertative usage, it probably is not associated is odd. A careful workup is needed, probably with child psychiatry.

In brief: Controversial

Traditionall odd is associated with adhd: 40% of those with adhd also have odd.
Odd usually starts at a young age and may continue lifelong or evolve into conduct disorder durng adolescence or resolve. Bipolar disorder is a controversial diagnosis in childhood; in its most consertative usage, it probably is not associated is odd. A careful workup is needed, probably with child psychiatry.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: Frequently.

Oppositionality and bipolar disorder are frequently associated.
Oppositional defiance is a symptom complex, not a disorder. Opposionality is a common symptom in many disorders. Almost every patient with bipolar disorder has some level of oppositionality.

In brief: Frequently.

Oppositionality and bipolar disorder are frequently associated.
Oppositional defiance is a symptom complex, not a disorder. Opposionality is a common symptom in many disorders. Almost every patient with bipolar disorder has some level of oppositionality.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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