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I’ve had MANY people ask me what the differences are between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. This makes sense on so many levels and we’re going to explore this topic thoroughly. I’ve spoken with countless people who were misdiagnosed with ADHD as a child, when it was in fact Bipolar Disorder all those years. Waiting until their adult life falls apart to find out they’ve been receiving the wrong care their entire life is beyond frustrating. In fact it’s downright devastating.
I was reading some research by a Harvard Psychology Teacher who had some amazing insight into this topic. His name is Roberto Olvardia if you want to check out his work. The way he described the similarities and differences between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder were spot on. We are going to explore many of these in this video from Polar Warriors!
There are millions of people in the US alone with Bipolar Disorder. Studies have shown that up to 70% of people with Bipolar Disorder also have ADHD which really surprised me. About 20% of people with ADHD will develop Bipolar Disorder. When someone has both (which we call a co-occurring disorder), the lines can get really blurred. This is where most of the misdiagnoses come from.
If someone has both ADHD and Bipolar Disorder, they can enhance each other in some very negative ways. This can include even stronger ADHD symptoms and an earlier onset of Bipolar Disorder at a younger age. Hopefully by the end of this video, you will have a much better understanding of both the differences and similarities these illnesses share.
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“Studies have shown that up to 70% of people with Bipolar Disorder also have ADHD which really surprised me.”
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