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Is it bipolar? May 18, 2008

Posted by linnic in Diagnosis, Resources.
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If you are concerned that your child may have bipolar, or if you are not sure, The Bipolar Child – What to Look For is a great article to read. It talks about how closely related bipolar and ADHD are in children but lists a few distinguishing criteria:

  • ADHD kids break things carelessly while bipolar kids tend to do so in anger.
  • ADHD kids calm down in 20 to 30 minutes while bipolar kids tend to rage for hours.
  • Children with ADHD are triggered by overstimulation while bipolar children typically react to limit-setting, such as a parental “no”.
  • ADHD children are often unaware of the danger of their behavior, while bipolar children tend to be risk-seeking.

I would highly encourage you to read the full article.

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1. Chrissy - January 17, 2009

Interesting Article!

I learned about a lot about Special Needs in this memoir I just finished. It’s about a family who chose not only to keep their little girl with special needs at home, but to rally the community and the state to act on behalf of all children with special needs.

“That Went Well” is written by Terrell Dougan, who is surviving bipolar disorder. It’s not just for brothers and sisters of people with special needs. This is for everyone of every age.


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