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Old 01-02-18, 12:40 AM
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Re: Suspected Bipolar 2. Feeling really stupid.

In general, the way I think of this issue is that ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. That means that, if you have always had symptoms of hyperactivity/inattention that can be traced consistently to early childhood, and if those symptoms cannot be better explained by a different disorder, then you probably have (at least) ADHD.

If the answer to the above is no, then you probably should never have been diagnosed with ADHD in the first place, and bipolar looks more likely.

If you do indeed have ADHD, then figure out with your treatment team whether the hypomanic symptoms can be reasonably explained by your ADHD. If yes, then you probably don't have bipolar. If no, then you probably have both ADHD and bipolar.
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