Bipolar vs ADHD

Similarities between ADHD and bipolar disorder include impulsivity and hyperactivity. Both conditions can also lead to problems with focus and concentration. However, there are some important differences between the two disorders.


Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings from highs (mania) to lows (depression). These swings can last for days, weeks, or even months. People with bipolar disorder may also experience psychotic symptoms during their manic episodes, such as hallucinations or delusions. In contrast, people with ADHD do not usually experience such drastic mood changes.


Another key difference is that bipolar disorder tends to develop later in life, while ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood. Finally, bipolar disorder can be much more debilitating than ADHD, and can even lead to suicide if not properly treated.


If you or someone you know is displaying symptoms of either bipolar disorder or ADHD, it is important to seek professional help. A mental health professional can properly diagnose and treat these conditions.