Adults with both bipolar disorder and ADHD

Ugeskr Laeger. 2024 Apr 8;186(15):V10230620. doi: 10.61409/V10230620.
[Article in Danish]


ADHD and bipolar disorder (BP) commonly coexist, and both share key symptoms, depending on affective state and emotional dysregulation. The overlap poses diagnostic challenges and may lead to underdiagnoses. Comorbid cases exhibit worsened symptom burden, increased psychiatric morbidity, admissions, and suicide attempts. Treating BP before ADHD is recommended. Stimulant use combined with mood stabilisers may be effective and relatively safe; however, this review finds that well-designed randomised controlled studies in the area is warranted.

Publication types

  • Review
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity* / diagnosis
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity* / drug therapy
  • Bipolar Disorder* / diagnosis
  • Bipolar Disorder* / drug therapy
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants* / adverse effects
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants* / therapeutic use
  • Humans


  • Central Nervous System Stimulants