The Diagnostic Confusion around ADHD and Bipolar Disorder

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – April 10, 2023

Confusion around ADHD and Bipolar DisorderThere are many questions and much confusion around diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder, including questions like:

  • Is it possible to have both of them at the same time?
  • Are these conditions easy to distinguish?
  • What’s the difference between them?
  • What’s the best treatment?
  • Should they be treated individually?
  • How effective is the treatment?
  • Who can diagnose and treat these conditions?

To learn more and get answers to these questions, I reached out to the distinguished expert Dr. Roberto Olivardia. Dr. Olivardia is a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. He offered some eye-opening information around the challenges a medical professional faces when making a diagnosis.

If you are interested in learning more about these conditions, or if you are impacted by one or both, please check out my podcast on Attention Talk Radio, “The Diagnostic Confusion around ADHD and Bipolar Disorder,” at

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