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. 2009 Sep;13(2):197-8.
doi: 10.1177/1087054709332407. Epub 2009 Apr 20.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Erroneously Diagnosed and Treated as Bipolar Disorder

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Erroneously Diagnosed and Treated as Bipolar Disorder

Murad Atmaca et al. J Atten Disord. .

Abstract

Objective: There is a dearth of literature on patients erroneously diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder.

Method: The authors report a case of an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder erroneously diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder for 6 years. At that point, methylphenidate was initiated. The patient was judged to be a good treatment responder with improvements noted in the clinical global impressions severity scale. It was seen that the improvement was maintained at a 6-month follow-up.

Conclusion: The present case reflects the importance of careful differential diagnosis when evaluating for bipolar disorder.

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