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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the critical differences between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
I don't know anymore: This is a good question. Most of my patients who i thought had schizophrenia (psychotic symptoms without major mood symptoms) later developed mood symptoms needing mood medications. Many bipolar patients develop psychotic symptoms (paranoia, hallucinations) and respond often to just antipsychotic meds. With early good treatment both conditions can have a good prognosis. Don't delay treatment.
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Mood: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which includes distinct episodes of highs (mania) and lows (depression). Schizophrenia is a chronic thought disorder which includes hallucinations and delusions. Schizoaffective disorder is schizophrenia with depression, mania, or both.
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Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Thoughts vs Moods: Schizophrenia is a disorder of a person's thoughts, known as psychosis. Psychosis involves having hallucinations and/or delusions. In schizophtenia, the most common hallucinations are auditory, whereby the person hears voices and the most common delusions are paranoid in nature. Bipolar disorder involves a problem with one's mood. Manic episodes, or extreme mood elevations is the main hallmark.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

I want to know what is the difference between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Schiz./Bipolar: Schizophrenia is a thought disorder, bipolar is a mood disorder.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Difference: Schizophrenia is a thought disorder and bipolar is a mood disorder.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

6 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes: But this is best determined by a psychiatrist.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
It's called schizoaffective disorder
Aug 18, 2015
A 22-year-old female asked:

Is there a link between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Muhammad Munir
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Bipolar disorder: There are different ways to answer the question: as scientist :yes there are genetic linkage, receptor level correlation as psychiatrist :there are overlap symptoms and considered at times the spectrum illness with some symptoms been very prominent in bipolar that are core for schizophrenia.Have some medications that are helpful in both illnesses. However schizophrenia has some severe symptoms.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Schizophrenia &: Bipolar disorder are completely different disorders. Bipolar is a mood disorder with periods of depression & mania (excessive exuberance & unproductive energy). Schizophrenia is a thought disorder primarily including hallucinations, delusions & disorganized thinking & speech. Schizophrenia can include flat emotions, inability to experience pleasure & lack of motivation similar to depression.
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