Topic Overview

Several conditions regularly occur along with bipolar disorder that at first may share some of the same features. Conditions that might be present along with bipolar disorder in children and adolescents include:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is a behavioural condition in which people have trouble paying attention, may be more active than normal, and tend to act without thinking.
  • Conduct disorder. This is a childhood or adolescent disorder that involves defiant behaviour, such as violating social rules or hurting other people.
  • Substance misuse. This means repeated use of alcohol or drugs even though this use causes unpleasant or distressing events in the user's life.
  • Anxiety disorders. These are a type of mental illness in which severe anxiety interferes with a person's life.

Although these conditions share similar symptoms, they are separate, distinguishable disorders. Each condition requires appropriate treatment.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Current as ofNovember 20, 2015