“Is It Bipolar Disorder or ADHD Moodiness? A Guide to Getting the Right Diagnosis and Treatment” [Video Replay & Podcast #347]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#347), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on March 10, 2021.

Episode Description

ADHD walks hand-in-hand with emotional dysregulation. Many children, teens, and adults experience persistent moodiness, out-sized frustrations with daily life, protracted sadness, and/or irritability over seemingly minor disappointments.

It’s often unclear whether such emotionality is part of a patient’s personality or current developmental stage, an aspect of their ADHD, a reaction to medication, or a sign of a more serious mood problem like bipolar disorder.

Diagnostic criteria for ADHD don’t mention problems with emotions, though low frustration tolerance, irritability, or moodiness is listed in the DSM-5 as possible associated features of an ADHD diagnosis. When excessive moodiness is persistent and problematic in someone with ADHD, it may be best to talk with your clinician to consider possible causes and treatment options.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to differentiate moodiness associated with ADHD from that of bipolar disorder
  • Why so many with ADHD are misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder
  • When moodiness may indicate a need to evaluate for bipolar disorder
  • How medications for ADHD can sometimes cause “rebound moodiness”
  • How family dynamics can increase or reduce excessive moodiness
  • How medication for bipolar disorder alone may not help ADHD symptoms
  • Which medications may be helpful for excessive moodiness with ADHD

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Obtain a Certificate of Attendance

If you attended the live webinar on March 10, 2021, watched the video replay, or listened to the podcast, you may purchase a certificate of attendance option (cost: $10). Note: ADDitude does not offer CEU credits. Click here to purchase the certificate of attendance option »

Meet the Expert Speakers

Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who earned his Ph.D. at Yale University and served on the clinical faculty of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine for 21 years while operating a clinic in CT for children and adults with ADHD and related problems. In 2017 he relocated to California where he sees patients and directs the Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders in Manhattan Beach, California. Dr. Brown’s most recent books are Smart, but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD; and Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults-A Practical Guide. | See expert’s full bio »

Ryan J. Kennedy is a Nurse Practitioner who earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice at Quinnipiac University. For nine years he has collaborated with Dr. Brown for research, publications, and in clinical practice. He is Assistant Director of the Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders where he specializes in assessment, behavioral, and psychopharmacological treatments for children and adults. The clinic website is: www.BrownADHDClinic.com. | See expert’s full bio »

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Listener Testimonials

“Both presenters did an excellent job explaining the diagnoses. This information is so helpful and practical for me as a therapist.”

“Presenters were very knowledgeable and broke down the complex topic of Bipolar and ADHD into easy to understand chunks.”

“The speakers were articulate and had a very caring attitude toward their patient group as human beings.”

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