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How does bipolar, conduct and oppositional defiant disorder affect ADHD treatment?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

About one-fifth of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have bipolar disorder. After making a medical diagnosis, doctors focus on stabilizing the mood before treating symptoms of ADHD. Mood stabilizers such as lithium, Depakote, and Tegretol are commonly used to treat individuals with ADHD and bipolar mania.

However, mood stabilizers do not treat the ADHD symptoms. Other medications such as antidepressants or ADHD stimulant drugs may be prescribed to improve the ADHD symptoms.

Dr. Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Practitioner

Treating oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD
Living with both attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is challenging for the individual and those around them. Treatment of ODD and ADHD may include therapy to learn new ways of communication, family psychotherapy to increase understanding, parenting programs to learn new skills to manage the child's ADHD and ODD, and social skills training. Medications are also important to manage the ADHD symptoms.

 

Treating conduct disorder and ADHD
Treatment for people with both attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder includes having strong boundaries at home and at school. Positive reinforcement is important in helping the person with ADHD and conduct disorder to lessen the negative behaviors and develop new, productive ways of coping with life. Also, medications such as stimulants help the person to focus and to be more social.

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