Newsun, on 01 May 2012 - 06:50 PM, said:
Interesting topic; I'm 18 and I've just recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder with antisocial and narcissistic tendencies. I'm on 4 mg of risperidone, a powerful antipsychotic medication, and I know my mother is extremely upset because she is afraid of the long term side effects. I'm also on lexipro, although I haven't seen any effects whatsoever from that one. I just think this discussion is interesting as it pertains to my particular case quite a bit.
Trust the experts, but I've also recently read from a very credible source that ADD is frequently misdiagnosed as bipolar as the difference for an observer is generally the level of severity only, i.e. a person with ADD will have ideas about things they want to accomplish and are often highly innovative but untreated will be unable to carry these plans out, but bipolar involves truly grandiose thoughts. Both involve risk behavior - for a person who is bipolar this is because they feel invincible, but for a person with ADD it's because they are trying to find something to hold their attention. I defer to Ormond on all of this, naturally, and If you react well to the medications you are on, then hopefully the professionals are on the mark. If not, something to think about.
I'd imagine giving ADD meds to someone who was truly bipolar would be disastrous so not something to experiment around with without a great deal of thought, but severe ADD seems to be very commonly misdiagnosed (which is funny, because with everything else, it's the less severe things that are problematic, seemingly).
Edited by Stubby, 02 May 2012 - 01:30 AM.
Mod Edit: Personal attack removed.