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Do children and teens with bipolar disorder have other disorders?

Bipolar disorder in young people can co-exist with several problems.

Substance abuse. Both adults and kids with bipolar disorder are at risk of drinking or taking drugs. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Children with bipolar disorder and ADHD may have trouble staying focused. Anxiety disorders, like separation anxiety. Children with both types of disorders may need to go to the hospital more often than other people with bipolar disorder. Other mental illnesses, like depression. Some mental illnesses cause symptoms that look like bipolar disorder. Tell a doctor about any manic or depressive symptoms your child has had.

Sometimes behavior problems go along with mood episodes. Young people may take a lot of risks, like drive too fast or spend too much money. Some young people with bipolar disorder think about suicide. Watch out for any sign of suicidal thinking. Take these signs seriously and call your child's doctor.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Mental Health.

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