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The Potential Links Between Teens With ADHD And Developing Bipolar Disease As An Adult

Dr. Melissa DelBello and Dr. Robert McNamara are studying possible links between ADHD and bipolar disorder.

The diagnosis of mental disorders is largely based on looking at a patient's history to determine signs and symptoms that, collectively, lead to a recognizable syndrome. Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, can include hyperactivity, fidgeting, trouble focusing or the need to get up frequently. But youth at risk for bipolar disorder often initially present signs of having ADHD.

Joining us to discuss bipolar disorder and ADHD in teens are University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Division of Bipolar Disorders Research, Dr. Melissa DelBello; and Dr. Robert  McNamara, UC College of Medicine professor of psychiatry in the Division of Bipolar Disorders Research and director of the Lipidomics Research Program.

Dr. DelBello and Dr. McNamara are currently recruiting adolescents  for a study of ADHD and the related possible family risk for bipolar disorder. For information, click here