Doctors who have studied those bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder report that a number of the symptoms for these conditions overlap. This can make it hard to properly diagnose a patient who is exhibiting multiple and complex symptoms.
In contrast to someone suffering from ADHD, a bipolar disorder sufferer typically reports significant mood swings. There are depressive lows which can last for weeks or even months, usually followed by excessive highs that we call mania. Regrettably, the time spent in that “normal” middleground is frustratingly small for most patients. The drugs that are prescribed to treat bipolar disorder are generally meant to curtail the extremes and allow the individual to lead a more normal life.
Most people can understand that depression can be a miserable mood, but very few of us have lived through weeks on and of extreme depression. It can lead to a desperation that results in damaged relationships, substance abuse or even suicide. And on the other scale, hypomania creates a giddy happiness that sometimes resulted reckless behavior such as overspending and/or risky sexual activity.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is Related to the Ability to Maintain Attention
Unlike bipolar disorder, mood is not the primary measurable symptom was ADHD. Instead, ADHD sufferers find it difficult to summon enough focus to function properly. For example, children with ADHD will struggle in school because study requires concentration and it’s beyond their minds ability to devote adequate attention to a subject for very long.
Children, and adults, report major difficulties with reading assignments, preparing for exams, or even listening to involved lectures. This can be misdiagnosed as laziness, where and what it really is is the mind’s inability to rest on one thing for a normal amount of time. Even 10 minutes can seem an eternity for someone with ADHD.
Several drugs are prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It’s often necessary to test several of these drugs and their dosages with a patient before determining a proper long-term solution. Sadly, what works for one timeframe in a person’s life may prove ineffective in another. Patients don’t often realize that their focus is degrading until damage has been done. This is because the effects of medicine losing its efficacy often happen gradually, at a pace almost too slow for someone to realize.
Both Bipolar Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Can Be Treated Successfully
The good news is, of course, there is ample therapy and medication for people who suffer from each of these conditions. Bear in mind that bipolar disorder patients are dealing with mood swings, whereas ADHD sufferers find themselves with an inability to focus at important times. Psychotherapy can be helpful for both, but medication is usually unavoidable in either circumstance.