Volume 12, Issue 3 (10-2006)                   IJPCP 2006, 12(3): 197-203 | Back to browse issues page

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Shahrivar Z, Alaghbandrad J, Shirazi E. Does Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affect Clinical Characteristics of Mania in Children and Adolescents?. IJPCP. 2006; 12 (3) :197-203
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Objectives: To assess the impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on clinical characteristics of bipolar disorder (BPD) in hospitalized children and adolescents.

Method: Clinical characteristics of twenty 6-18 years old children and adolescents with BPD was assessed and compared in two groups of patients with or without ADHD, using K-SADS clinical interview and the clinical diagnosis of two child and adolescent psychiatrists.

Results: 35% of patients had a history of ADHD. The onset of BPD in the BPD+ADHD group was earlier. Comorbidity rates of other disorders were also higher in this group than in the group with pure ADHD.

Conclusion: It is likely that subjects with BPD+ADHD comprise a particular subgroup of bipolar patients. In this subgroup there is a higher rate of comorbidity and a lower age of mania onset the onset of the disorder is also usually of subacute type. Therefore, ADHD may be a harbinger of bipolar disorder in these children and adolescents.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Psychiatry and Psychology
Received: 2007/01/23

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