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Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

No: By definition, there is a difference. Schizophrenia is characterized by psychosis which is when a person experiences hallucinations and/or delusions. A mood component is not part of such a clinical picture. Schizoaffective d/o is when a person has a major mood disorder and has also had periods of psychosis during times when they had no disturbance of their mood. There's bipolar & depressed types. ...Read more

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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

Terminology: There are a number of conditions that fall under the spectrum of bipolar disorder. Essentially, bipolar disorder encompasses periods of low energy, low mood and other impairments (depression) as well as periods of high energy & increased mood (mania or hypomania). The term bipolar depression is referring to only the depressive cycle that is part of a bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Very different!: Schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic illness. Dissociative disorders is a very different type of escape from reality that rarely involves psychosis. Treatment is also very different. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder, and bipolar depression different?

BPD = general term: There are several kinds of bipolar disorder. Bipolar depression is the depressed phase of the two extreme poles. All people have moods, however, normally the variation is not extreme. To be labelled bipolar, a person needs to have had at least one past manic episode.A website, www.Bipolar.Com is a good reference for more specific distinctions between the different variations of bpd. ...Read more

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Whats psychotic depression?

Whats psychotic depression?

Psychotic: Depression is any depressive episode that includes psychotic symptoms like hearing voices, seeing visions or feeling paranoid. ...Read more

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Can lamictal treat bipolar psychosis/hallucinations?

Can lamictal treat bipolar psychosis/hallucinations?

Not first line: While Lamictal can be very beneficial for bipolar disease, it is not first line for psychosis, Pleasespeak to your prescribing physician about your symptoms and ask for further guidance and management. ...Read more

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What's manic depression?

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What's manic depression?

Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

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. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

Mania: Patients with bipolar 11 disorder do not have full blown mania. They have symptoms that resemble mania but do not reach the threshold for mania. ...Read more

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Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same or different disorders than their parents. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

Bipolar vs Borderlin: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder consisting of both depressive episodes and manic or hypomanic ones. People with bipolar disorder often have normal personalities between episodes of illness. Borderline pd is a pervasive and continuous (not episodic) personality pattern with volatile relationships, extreme anger, fear of abandonment, self-injury, identity diffusion, impulsiveness, etc. ...Read more

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Does seroquel (quetiapine) work for depressive bipolar?

It can.: Bipolar disorder involves both mania and depression. Seroquel (quetiapine) has been shown to be helpful in treating bipolar disorder. Not all medications are helpful for all people. It is important that you work with your doctor and take your medications consistently so that you find the right medication(s) for you. ...Read more

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How are depressive mood and depressive disorder different?

Mood vs disorder: We all have depressive mood from time to time. I.E. -my goldfish dies and i feel sad. However a major depressive disorder is a minumum of a two week period of feeling low which is associated with things like changes in sleep pattern or appetite. It can effect self esteem, motivation levels, ability to feel joy. One might feel helpless or hopeless or even have thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

More symptoms: For a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, one needs to have symptoms consistent with schizophrenia at one point as well as bipolar disorder at a different point in the same episode of illness. This can be tough to sort out unless you are seeing the same physician throughout the whole time. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Schizoaffective: It belongs to the schizophrenia spectrum disorders & other psychotic disorders, according to our upcoming diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. ...Read more

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How are bipolar 2 and bipolar depression different?

How are bipolar 2 and bipolar depression different?

Episode vs type: Bipolar 2 is the disease, often with hypomanic or mixed episodes rather than frank manic episodes. "bipolar depression" is simply a depressive episode for someone who has bipolar i or bipolar ii disease. ...Read more

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Are ocd, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and asperger's all mental illnesses?

Are ocd, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and  asperger's all mental illnesses?

Yes: All of the phenomena you list can be found in the DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association as recognized diagnoses. ...Read more

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Is lamictal an effective mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder?

Yes: Lamictal is an excellent mood stabilizer which I use frequently. The most common limiting factor is the potential for a very serious rash which requires very gradual titration to a therapeutic dose. ...Read more

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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more