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Is ADHD connected to developing bipolar disorder?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: No
Statistically, individuals who have adhd have no greater chance of developing bipolar disorder than the average population so long as there is no family history of bipolar disorder. There is some statistically greater chance of having adhd is someone has bipolar disorder, but the connection there is unclear.

In brief: No
Statistically, individuals who have adhd have no greater chance of developing bipolar disorder than the average population so long as there is no family history of bipolar disorder. There is some statistically greater chance of having adhd is someone has bipolar disorder, but the connection there is unclear.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Dr. Alfredo Soto
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not
Both adhd and bipolar disorders can exist independently of one another, so if a person has one, they won't necessarily have the other. That said, people can have "comorbid" disorders.
This means that they can have two disorders at once, and thus each can seem worse because of the existence of the other. To the best of my knowledge though, one does not lead directly to the other.

In brief: Probably not
Both adhd and bipolar disorders can exist independently of one another, so if a person has one, they won't necessarily have the other. That said, people can have "comorbid" disorders.
This means that they can have two disorders at once, and thus each can seem worse because of the existence of the other. To the best of my knowledge though, one does not lead directly to the other.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not at this point
Children with adhd and children with bipolar disorder share at times very similar presentations, however , also some very different characteristics.
In general those with bpd present with more severe symptoms, and poor response to stimulants.Family history, a proper evaluation by an experienced child psychiatrist is essential before diagnosing a child with bpd.

In brief: Not at this point
Children with adhd and children with bipolar disorder share at times very similar presentations, however , also some very different characteristics.
In general those with bpd present with more severe symptoms, and poor response to stimulants.Family history, a proper evaluation by an experienced child psychiatrist is essential before diagnosing a child with bpd.
Dr. Andres R Villar
Dr. Andres R Villar
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Dr. ASADULLAH AHMED
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
33% of adhd kids have bipolar d/o.

In brief: No
33% of adhd kids have bipolar d/o.
Dr. ASADULLAH AHMED
Dr. ASADULLAH AHMED
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
In brief: Good question
There are researchers who are studying the interface of bipolar disorder and the hyperactive/impulsive/conduct disordered form of adhd.
Some feel there is a seamless (although certainly antipodal) transition from one to the other, and that they may not necessarily be only comorbidities.

In brief: Good question
There are researchers who are studying the interface of bipolar disorder and the hyperactive/impulsive/conduct disordered form of adhd.
Some feel there is a seamless (although certainly antipodal) transition from one to the other, and that they may not necessarily be only comorbidities.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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