adhd with (non-specific) mood disorder

by Eva Lomuscio
(Dearborn Hts. MI (USA))

My son is 13 and recently diagnosed with mood disorder. He has been diagnosed with ADHD since he was 3. Currently, still having to take meds for that, and now due to an episode he had with contemplating suicide, he now takes depakote as well. He has explosive moments from time to time, especially when frustrated as well as feeling misunderstood.


I am currently doing some research on the combination of the two disorders for a psychology class and would appreciate any information you can provide as well as additional sites that may provide some answers the following questions.

Does one trigger the other?


What parts of the brain does it affect?


Are the two possibly related?


Can the medication that he was taking (stratera and concerta)at the time prior to being diagnosed influence the mood swings?


Are they hereditary?


Are there some behavior modification suggestions?


Do you find that these disorders are common among some social classes more than others?

Hi Eva

Answers


Does one trigger the other? We do not know the answer to this. There is much controversy over whether or not the current diagnostic categories in the DSM are accurate. There is alot of speculation that clusters of symptoms just tend to co occur, and that they are not distinctly different diagnoses.


What parts of the brain does it affect?

I'm not well versed enough to speak to the difference in the areas of the brain that are effected by each of these disorders. Attention, concentration, cause and effect thinking, and impulse control are the areas that are impacted in both disorders. Executive functioning is impaired.

Are the two possibly related? Yes. See this link

http://www.bipolarchild.com/Newsletters/9911.html

Can the medication that he was taking (stratera and concerta)at the time prior to being diagnosed influence the mood swings?

We believe it is possible that these medications exacerbate the illness long term, and we know that these medications often immediately worsen mood states.


Are they hereditary?


Bipolar Disorder has a strong genetic basis, but we don't entirely understand it.


Are there some behavior modification suggestions?


There are clear behavioral modifications for adhd. Traditional Behavioral modification is not an effective tool with BPD.


Do you find that these disorders are common among some social classes more than others?


No. Although African Americans may be more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and ODD, in my experience, often incorrectly.


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