Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Child and Teen Bipolar Disorder
Several conditions have symptoms similar to
bipolar disorder in children and teens. At first,
symptoms may be so similar that your child can be misdiagnosed with another
condition when, in fact, your child has bipolar disorder. But bipolar disorder
is a condition with distinct features that a doctor can separately diagnose
with a proper evaluation.
Disorders that might at first have
symptoms similar to child and teen bipolar disorder include:
Conduct disorder, a child or teen disorder that
involves defiant behavior, such as violating social rules or hurting other
Substance abuse problems, repeated use
of alcohol or drugs even though this use causes unpleasant or distressing
events in the user's life.
illness that causes a person to feel sad and hopeless for much of the
Schizophrenia, a severe brain illness
that, without treatment, interferes with the ability to think clearly, manage
emotions, and interact with other people. It causes symptoms such as
hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and disorganized thinking.
Anxiety disorders, a type of mental illness that
includes severe anxiety that interferes with a person's life.
Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), which can sometimes cause symptoms
of mania (such as excitability or being overly
Neurological problems. These conditions can include:
Head injuries, which can have effects that
last weeks, months or in some cases, a lifetime.
Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), a group of
disorders characterized by delays in the development of social and
communication skills. Examples include autism, Rett's disorder, and Asperger's
Multiple sclerosis, a chronic
neurological disease of the central nervous system, specifically involving the
brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.
stroke occurs when a blood vessel (artery) that supplies blood to the brain
bursts or is blocked by a blood clot.
disorders. Seizures are sudden bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the
brain that may affect a person's muscle control, movement, speech, vision, or
ADHD, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and conduct
disorder may also occur along with bipolar disorder.
Primary Medical Reviewer
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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