Several conditions have symptoms similar to
bipolar disorder in children and teens. At first,
symptoms may be so similar that your child can be misdiagnosed with another
condition when, in fact, your child has bipolar disorder. But bipolar disorder
is a condition with distinct features that a doctor can separately diagnose
with a proper evaluation.
Disorders that might at first have
symptoms similar to child and teen bipolar disorder include:
ADHD, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and conduct
disorder may also occur along with bipolar disorder.
April 12, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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