The difference between Bipolar and Asperger’s syndrome

October 30th, 2008

Bipolar disorder(manic depression) and Asperger’s syndrome are two different things. Bipolar is a mental illness caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, meanwhile, Asperger’s syndrome is one condition of pervasive developmental disorder(PDD), a milder variant of Autistic Disorder.

People with Bipolar disorder have extreme emotional ups and downs. They have episodes of depression and mania. Bipolar is a mood disorder and it is genetic. There are several forms of Bipolar, but they can be controlled with medication. Bipolar disorder is not very common in children with Asperger’s but can show symptoms.

People with Asperger’s syndrome show marked deficiencies in social skills, tend to have restricted patterns of behavior, interests and activities.

It is not hard to diagnose one from the other. They are not really similar. But, there is a connection between bipolar and Asperger’s syndrome. Someone with Asperger’s syndrome may also throw temper tantrums or have meltdowns as people with Bipolar have extreme emotions. The reason is that the neurotransmitter serotonin is low in both cases. Many people with AS have bipolar as a comorbidity or family members with bipolar. There are correlations of HFA and other disorders as well, such as dyslexia or hyperlexia because of the neuronal jumble that begins growing out of control in the first trimester gestation of the frontal lobe. Macrocephaly causes list autism first over other etiologies.

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