Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental illness characterized by depressive, manic or hypomanic episodes and a high risk for suicide. About 20% of people with ADHD have Bipolar Disorder, while up to 70% of those suffering from Bipolar Disorder also have ADHD. Understanding Bipolar Disorder is essential in making an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Olivardia discusses important ways of differentiating between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder, as well as avoiding common errors made in diagnosis, and how psychological and pharmacological treatment interventions give patients much hope in living a healthy, successful life with these conditions.
About Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of ADHD, OCD, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). He is an internationally recognized expert in eating disorders and body image problems in boys and men. He has appeared in publications such as TIME, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and has been featured on Good Morning America, EXTRA, CBS This Morning, CNN, and VH1. He has spoken on numerous radio and webinar shows and presents at many talks and conferences around the country. He currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for ADDitude Magazine and serves on the Professional Advisory Boards for Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders. He is an active member of Decoding Dyslexia-Massachusetts, an advocacy group promoting the needs of individuals with Dyslexia.