Need a doc specializing in bipolar disorder and ADHD in chicago?

Bipolar treatment. You need to be careful seeking out treatment for both bipolar disorder and adhd, because alot of the adhd medications can make the bipolar problem worse. Many symptoms of adhd are included in the criteria for bipolar disorder. I have had many patients who came in thinking they had adhd, and they really had bipolar disorder. Good luck to you.
Doctor referrals. I'm not in chicago, but i know there are a lot of academic centers there. They often have a medical school attached, with a psychiatry department that has its own clinic. That's a good place to start. Also, google "psychiatrist chicago bipolar adhd" and check out the bios on the doctors that are listed. Your local and county health department may also have a list of referrals. Good luck!

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How do I bring up the possibility of depression or bipolar disorder or ADHD to a doc? I'm recovering addict and am trying to better myself.

Just ask. Addict or not the only way you will know is to discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor. Only difference is (s)he is unlikely to prescribe any medication that may be in any way addictive. Many medications can be used which may help you in the recovery process, especially if your addiction is due to self treatment of underlying symptoms. Read more...

I've visited 2-3 psychologist. Some say adhd. Bipolar disorder, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, severe depression, m confused. Plz help, told evry doc same?

See university. Psychiatrist and get a full psychological testing profile with a definitive diagnosis and then your confusion regarding this matter should go away and treatment can be based on fact rather than conjecture. Read more...
Diagnosis can be. quite difficult at times. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder. Depression is part of Bipolar Disorder (AKA manic depression). ADHD and bipolar disorder can have overlapping symptoms and may also co-occur. Anxiety can occur with any of these - either as a symptom or as a clinical disorder. Read more...

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

ADHD. Vs bipolar. Bipolar disorder is primarily a mood disorder. Adhd affects attention and behavior. It causes symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. While adhd is chronic, bipolar disorder is usually episodic. There are periods of normal mood interspersed with the depression or hypomania. So time of duration of symptoms is the key to diagnosis. Stimulants also aggravate bipolar disease. Read more...
Adhd/bipolar. Adhd shows inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity. Bipolar shows cycles of depression alternating with manic or hypomanic phases. Could have both at same time, hence assessment by professional is good way to know. Read more...
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...

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...
Sometimes. As with anything else about yourself - hair color, skin color, etc - you may have some genetic traits that COULD be passed onto a child that then develops similar symptoms. It's not an absolute though but it is something your child's MD will factor into decision making IF your child is being evaluated for behavioral concerns. Be honest about your medical history during your child's visit. Read more...

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...

Is it possible for bipolar disorder to be mistaken for adhd?

Absolutely. They share many of the same features of distractibility, inattention and hyperactivity. Many patients diagnosed with adhd are later understood to have bipolar disorder after the mood symptoms are properly illuminated. Further complicating the picture, bipolar disorder is associated with a neurocognitive impairment that can look like adhd. The distinction is important because treatments differ. Read more...
Yes and vice versa. There is a lot of overlap. Mania leads to impulsivity, increased thought process, and possibly increase in activity. Depression leads to pervasive negative thoughts and indecisiveness which interfere with attention and productivity. It may be difficult to sort out, but with BP d/o there are usually periods of "normal" mood and behavior whereas adhd is persistent. Read more...

Is ADHD connected to developing bipolar disorder?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...