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Does bipolar disorder have psychotic features? i think i was misdiagnosed. can you explain each aspect of bipolar for clarity so i can talk to my nurse practitioner

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Dr. Kenny Chuu
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Yes: Yes, some patients with Bipolar disorder do have psychotic features and actually many psychiatric diseases can come with psychotic features. The primary illness is determined by the predominating signs and symptoms. You can also have "psychosis type" schizophrenia with depressive or manic features. (secondary features). Hope this helps
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Bipolar Disorder: Psychotic symptoms may occur with a severe depressive episode or with mania (Bipolar I Disorder). I think the previous answer may have been a description of Schizoaffective disorder. I am not able to provide a full response to your question in 400 characters of less.

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