Over the years I’ve been teaching and supporting parents, I’ve heard many stories of how treating a (possibly bipola)r child with ADHD medications only made things worse. I would very much like to know if this is a confusion in diagnosis, and if it is common, because I would like to tell parents about this. I realize that diagnosing children with mental disorders is risky for a host of reasons, yet a diagnosis, something that says “this is the problem, it’s not you, it’s not your child,” is what parents desperately seek, right or wrong. What I am seeking to do is provide clarity so that parents can be patient with the lengthy psychiatric inquiry into their child’s mental health. Even the most patient parent can be driven into their own mental health crisis when a child’s relentless behavioral problems fill their days.