Evaluating and Treating Co-Occurring ADHD and Bipolar Disorder
The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Volume 9, Number 8, November 2018
Candace Good, MD
Child & adolescent psychiatrist, SunPointe Health, State College, PA, and a contributing writer for the Carlat newsletters.
Dr. Good has disclosed that she has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity
Early into the evaluation of a 10-year-old boy, you note the following symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, sleep problems, racing thoughts, and moodiness. The boy’s parents came to your office convinced that their son has ADHD, but thinking through the case, you recognize that the same symptoms could signal bipolar disorder (BD).