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Are the symptoms of bipolar and autism similar?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not at all

Bipolar disorder (bd) is a waxing and waning problem with mood--depression or mania.
Autism is a sustained problem with impairments in social interaction, language, and odd or unusual behaviors. Autism starts early in life and is not something you can "catch" later; bd most commonly starts in teens or later. Bd is responsive to medication; autism is not.

In brief: Not at all

Bipolar disorder (bd) is a waxing and waning problem with mood--depression or mania.
Autism is a sustained problem with impairments in social interaction, language, and odd or unusual behaviors. Autism starts early in life and is not something you can "catch" later; bd most commonly starts in teens or later. Bd is responsive to medication; autism is not.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Autism requires significant developmental delay prior to 3 yo.
Bipolar symptoms are usually not recognizable before 10-25 yo. See responses to questions on bipolar and autism for more specific description of symptoms for each disorder.

In brief: No

Autism requires significant developmental delay prior to 3 yo.
Bipolar symptoms are usually not recognizable before 10-25 yo. See responses to questions on bipolar and autism for more specific description of symptoms for each disorder.
Dr. John Moranville
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