The difference between ADHD behavior and bipolar behavior

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The difference between ADHD behavior and bipolar behavior

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There is a lot of overlap between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. First of all, Bipolar is, thankfully, far less common. Bipolar Disorder is marked by extreme agitation, extreme anger, tantrums that last for hours. It seems that it's going on for longer than the human constitution can maintain. That's the hallmark of Bipolar, plus, it's episodic; it's cyclical. ADD is not episodic or cyclical. Plus, there's usually a genetic history when you have Bipolar Disorder. Those are three of the hallmark differences between the two. You need a professional to really make that diagnosis though. So don't think that you, as a parent, can sort those out. Make sure you seek the help of a professional for a proper diagnosis.

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Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD

Psychiatrist, ADHD Specialist, & Author

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, EdD is a Harvard-trained Child and Adult Psychiatrist in practice in Sudbury, MA (outside Boston) and New York City. The author of 18 books, Dr. Hallowell specializes in learning differences such as ADHD and dyslexia, both of which he has himself.  He has also written extensively on general issues of parenting and living in our modern age. He lives in the Boston area with his wife of 23 years, Sue, and their three children, Lucy, Jack, and Tucker.

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