Revista chilena de pediatría
versión impresa ISSN 0370-4106
MARTINEZ A, JUAN CARLOS y GONZALEZ L, CLAUDIA. Differential diagnosis between bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2007, vol.78, n.1, pp. 13-19. ISSN 0370-4106. doi: 10.4067/S0370-41062007000100002.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity and bipolar disorders share symptoms: attention deficit, hyperactivity, impulsiveness and irritability. In fact, most of the diagnostic criteria for hyperactivity are present in mania. The Conners rating scale, universally used by teachers, does not allow the clinician to discriminate between both entities, leading to misdiagnosis, specially when the doctor bases his/her diagnosis in the scale and not in a detail interview. This article attempts to guide in diagnostic criteria that allows the clinician to differentiate both entities, based on the most relevant and orientating contemporary literature
Palabras clave : bipolar disorder; hyperactivity; mania; attention deficit.