Episode 44: Why ADHD and Bi-Polar Disorder Are Commonly Misdiagnosed
This week’s topic is all about bipolar disorder and why ADHD often gets misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder. Tracy posted a simple question in her Facebook Group, HAVE YOU BEEN MISDIAGNOSED WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER? She was shocked to discover how many women had been misdiagnosed and so she decided to research the subject.
When bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed
What symptoms bipolar disorder and ADHD often have in common
What bipolar disorder actually is
The DSM requirements to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Why bipolar disorder can’t be ignored and must be treated
What mania is
What hypomania is
What the symptoms of a major depressive episode are
What the greatest risk of bipolar disorder is
The different types of bipolar disorder
The difference between Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2
What the difference is between episodic and contextual emotional changes
How sleep looks different in ADHD vs. Bipolar Disorder
How uncontrollable talking and distractibility looks different in ADHD vs. Bipolar Disorder
How emotional sensitivity looks different in ADHD vs. Bipolar Disorder
How Bipolar Disorder looks different than ADHD in kids specifically around emotion
If a diagnosis of ADHD makes you more likely to also have Bipolar Disorder
If a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder makes it more likely that you’ll also have ADHD
Why it’s so difficult to get an accurate diagnosis of bipolar disorder
The link between Bipolar Disorder and Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder in kids
If a fiery intense temper is indicative of ADHD
That bipolar disorder is linked to the creative and artistic temperament and intelligence.
Why heightened creativity or artistry only happens in hypomania and what part of the brain is involved in this
Host Tracy Otsuka is a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long student, not a coach. She’s also the creator of Coretography a patent pending system that helps smart, driven women understand their own unique ADHD brain and use it to their advantage.
Tracy will be talking about ADHD. Your super powers, your symptoms, your solutions and work-arounds and how you proudly stand out. Tracy credits ADHD for some of her superpowers and much of her success in life.