Bipolar has become increasingly more well-known as the media has embraced the condition through the publicizing of symptoms. One of the aspects of Bipolar which has come to light over the past few years is that there are more children suffering with the mental health issue than was ever thought possible previously. The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation have published an estimate which suggests that over three quarters of a million children and young adults across America may have the condition, although a large proportion of these remain undiagnosed at this time. One of the main issues affecting effective diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder is its number of shared symptoms with ADHD. Attention Deficit Disorder is a tricky condition, as it can often co-exist with other mental or physical disorders, which can often make it a complex and challenging feat to correctly identify, isolate and treat specific symptoms relating to co-existing conditions. It is thought that almost half of all adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD also have another major psychiatric disorder, meaning that healthcare professionals have to scrutinize patients closely to ensure that they arrive at a suitable diagnosis which takes in to account not just the specific symptoms relating to ADHD, but also the identification of other conditions. Bipolar and ADHD share a number of symptoms, including impatience, exuberant behavior, rapid talkativeness and instability of mood. This can make it tricky for people to arrive at an accurate diagnosis, leading to effective treatment. Recognizing the differences and shared elements of both disorders can make it easier for parents, teachers and healthcare specialists to draw a true distinction between aspects of behavior which can be attributed to Bipolar, and those which are common to ADHD.
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