Our expert says:
Weaver, I haven't come across any research on adults with both disorders. Much though we'd like there to be good reseach on many issues, problems that delay or prevent that include (a) the need for someone to be interested enough in the issue to put in all the hard work ; (b) funding for such work, which can be very costly ( which is why there is more research, due to more funding, for issues relating to drugs usable in common conditions, than in rarer conditions or combinations or in non-drug treatments ) ; and (c) the availability of a significant number of people with the complaint(s) at the same place where there is the interested person and the funding !
It's curious, that while ADD, though controversial, is reasonably well-establishd by professional consensus, as a problem in childhood, an Adult form is far more controversial, and there is less consensus that it exists, let alone on how to treat it. Bipolar Disorder, on he other hand, is very well established as an adult disorder, with much less agreement on its existence, extent, diagnosis and treatment in children.
Searching on the web, you should find lots of material about Bipolar Disorder in adults ; there will be less, and what there is will be far less reliable, on Adult ADD. Generally, treatment to soothe the mood swings of Bipolar Disorder, shouldn't exaggerate the other symptoms. Some people respond to some antidepressants with inceased irritability, and perhaps a degree of arousal that might be unhelpful ; but there are also more sedative antidepressants available.
Haven't the specialist(s) treating him been able to explain their rationale and plan adequately ? That's part of their job, after all.
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