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Bipolar Disorder In Children & Teens

What mental conditions may occur along with bipolar disorder in children?

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  • Anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are some of the common psychiatric conditions that can present with symptoms that may be confused with, or co-occur with bipolar disorder in children and adolescents.
  • Often, those with Childhood-Onset Bipolar Disorder are diagnosed with other mental health disorders, known as comorbid conditions. These other diagnoses can mask or co-occur with Bipolar Disorder:
    • attention-deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD)
    • disruptive behaviour disorders
    • anxiety disorders
    • substance abuse
    • developmental and intellectual disabilities
    In adolescents, bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or schizophrenia. Studies have indicated between 40-90% of children with bipolar disorder also have ADHD, and around 50% have comorbid conduct disorder.
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