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Early results suggest that this type of intervention decreases mood severity in children, while improving family interactions and access to appropriate healthcare.
If you or your child has autism and you’re concerned that it may be complicated by a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder, we recommend that you seek assessment from a mental health provider with experience in autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
It’s particularly challenging to diagnose psychiatric disorders in individuals who have language impairments or intellectual disabilities – as do many of those with autism.
When diagnosing typically developing children and adults, we can ask them about their emotions and experiences.
For those of you not familiar with bipolar disorder, it’s a mood disorder once known as “manic depression.” Persons with bipolar disorder alternate between a frenzied state known as mania and episodes of depression.Adults with ADHD are likely to have an anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, or other comorbid psychiatric disorder.(The term “comorbid” refers to a condition that exists with another.) About 50 percent of adults with ADHD also suffer from an anxiety disorder.They commonly include “pressured speech” (rapid, loud and virtually nonstop talking), constant pacing, an abrupt decrease in sleep and increased impulsivity leading to aggression.Psychiatrists often prescribe psychoactive medications to treat bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, lithium often produces significant side effects.
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Adults with ADHD may exhibit the same symptoms they had as children, and although hyperactivity often diminishes by adulthood, inattentiveness and impulsivity may persist.