ADHD AND CHILDHOOD ONSET BIPOLAR
Most children who are diagnosed with severe ADHD could in all probability, be suffering from bipolar disorder. The important thing for a parent to know, is that medication for ADHD, prescribed to an undiagnosed Bipolar child, is usually contra indicative and will result in a deterioration of the child's behavior and mood swings. The cost of having your child misdiagnosed is much greater than exploring every avenue available to obtain the correct diagnosis. We like to believe that a parent's instinct is the most valuable tool. If the child is truly suffering from ADHD alone, the medications commonly prescribed make an enormous difference, and a vast improvement is seen within days. If this is not the case in your situation, we urge you to explore other possibilities.
The cost of ignoring your instinct and the signs of something more than ADHD, can be life threatening. If you are afraid to consider the possibility of a further, more severe diagnosis, let us assure you that getting the correct diagnosis and treatment for your child is invaluable and life changing.
THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT SOME PARENTS PAY FOR MISDIAGNOSIS, IS OF COURSE THE HIGH THREAT OF SUICIDE IN THE BIPOLAR CHILD.
Symptoms of mania in childhood bipolar may include abnormal elation, grandiose thinking, racing thoughts, pressured speech, hyper sexuality and decreased need for sleep. Depression results in the child wishing they had never been born, wishing to die, extreme low self esteem and the feeling of being inadequate. Rage, extreme irritation and angry outburst are very common symptoms.
ADHD, as we all know, is a disorder that results in hyperactivity and lack of concentration. Whilst these are also common in bipolar disorder, there are many added symptoms attached to bipolar that are not usual in the ADHD child.
We have included a questionnaire on our site that will assist you in deciding whether to seek further medical advice for your child. The questionnaire is a tool to assist you in making the best decision of whether to seek further medical investigation and is not intended for self-diagnosis. The questionnaire is a guideline and aspects taken from our own experiences together with information gained during research of childhood onset bipolar. There may be additional aspects you see in your child, and your child may only present with some of the symptoms right now. Unfortunately, childhood onset bipolar symptoms appear to grow and develop with the child, or may even be present from an extremely young age. You will be the best judge, better than any professional, in ascertaining whether your child needs further investigation.