The Physician’s Guide for Distinguishing Bipolar Disorder and ADHD

Approximately 20 percent of people with ADHD also suffer from bipolar disorder, a serious mental illness characterized by depressive and manic episodes. Since both conditions share symptoms, but ADHD is more common, bipolar disorder is often missed or misdiagnosed. Use this guide — from clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D. — to tell the symptoms of ADHD vs. bipolar apart.