Bipolar + ADHD = SOL?
October 16, 2012 7:25 AM Subscribe
Probable ADHD, probable bipolar II. Unhelpful psychiatrist. Help!
posted by altopower to Health & Fitness (14 answers total)
I am 99% sure that I have ADHD. I've had issues my entire life, and apparently teachers talked to my parents when I was in school, but they never did anything. I continue to have problems to this day, and would like to be tested and begin getting help. However, I also have a probable diagnosis of bipolar II and am taking Lamictal for it, which is working fabulously. According to my psychiatrist, there's no possibility for me to take any sort of stimulant medication for the ADHD because of the possibility of triggering a manic episode.
Is this accurate? He seems to be of the "ADHD is overdiagnosed, thus you probably don't have it" school of thought, so I don't know if he's using this as an "excuse" to not test me. I just have a hard time believing that bipolar people with ADHD are just screwed.