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A 18-year-old female asked:

i think i may have it, but what really is manic psychosis?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Mania with psychosis: Mania or hypomania: one may show aggression, agitation, v judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. Psychosis is loss of touch with reality. If this description seems to fit - you should be seen at the emergency room asap. Take care.
Dr. Tonya Knoll
General Practice 21 years experience
Manic psycosis: Manic psycosis is a disorder that can be defined by an elevated or irritable mood, delusions of grandeur, sleeplessness, and irrational judgement. It can be accompanied or alternated with periods of depression. Together it is called bipolar disorder. There is treament. Please seek medical attention from a psychiatrist or your physician.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is psychosis related to depression?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Both brain disorders: They are two distinct mental / biochemical / neurotransmitter disorders. If depression become severe enough, psychosis can develop. The reverse is less common. Remember, i'm an internist, not a psychiatrist.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Could I have manic depression without the mania?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Yes some patients with bipolar have little or no mania episodes and can have mostly just depression.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

If I stop taking my bipolar medications, will I become depressed or manic right away?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Hard to know: Some people would become ill right away and others would not. In general side effects of medications go away rapidly but the effectiveness of medications takes longer to fade so often people feel somewhat better when they first go off medications but then can become as sick or sicker then they were before. Part of the challenge is that people are sometimes unaware that they are ill (anosognosia).
A 50-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between mania and psychosis?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
A lot.: Mania is a state of hyperactivity and excitability both physically and mentally that impairs normal functioning, decision making and social interaction. As mania progresses a person may become aggressive, self destructive, even suicidal or homicidal. Often psychosis occurs where one may be delusional, paranoid and hallucinatory.Grandiosity, insomnia days at a time and foolish spending are common.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between schizoaffective disorders and depression with psychotic features?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Depends on symptoms: A person who develops a depression with psychotic features will experience hallucinations and delusions only when they are very depressed. A person who has schizoaffective disorder will continue to have hallucinations and delusions after his/her mood improves and those symptoms can last for weeks or months afterwards.

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