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:
ADHD, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and conduct disorder may also occur along with bipolar disorder.
Last Revised: April 12, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
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