ADHD and Bipolar Disorder are commonly misdiagnosed as one another but are significantly different from each other. While ADHD is generally an inattentive disorder, bipolar disorder is an emotional disorder. Both, however, are behavioral disorders with some similar symptoms.
Bipolar disorder is generally characterized by bouts of extreme happiness and extreme depression. Bipolar disorder is most commonly recognized by the extreme changes in both emotional states in a rather short period of time.
Due to their hyperactivity, those suffering from ADHD may appear bipolar with their intensive emotional responses. However, ADHD is completely different from bipolar disorder, as ADHD generally does not entail bouts of severe depression like bipolar disorder.
If you are concerned you or a family member may be struggling with either ADHD or bipolar disorder, contact a counselor or psychiatrist for assistance.