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Is extreme paranoia a symptom of bipolar 1?

Is extreme paranoia a symptom of bipolar 1?

It can be: Lithium and Lamictal are great meds for Bipolar I. Renal function, and thyroid needs to be closely monitored if you are to stay on the Lithium. Use of atypical antipsychotics comes into play if things like paranoia interfere with quality of life. Sometimes meds need to be adjusted or changed as symptoms evolve over time. Sodium levels should be checked on occasion if you have confusion on Lamictal ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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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I was diagnosed as bipolar, from monitoring my symptoms i've concluded I am type two. I still hear voices and see things. Can my paranoia be helped?

I was diagnosed as bipolar, from monitoring my symptoms i've concluded I am type two. I still hear voices and see things. Can my paranoia be helped?

Need psychiatrist: Anyone who hallucinates in the context of a mood disorder by definition has bipolar type one disorder. It is also possible that you have schizoaffective disorder bipolar type. Reviewing your medications however you are only on an antidepressant. That is entirely inadequate treatment for your condition. You need at the very least an antipsychotic mood stabilizer and possibly an anticonvulsant or li. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with PTSD, paranoia schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety at the same time? I am experiencing symptoms of all.

Is it possible to be diagnosed with PTSD, paranoia schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety at the same time? I am experiencing symptoms of all.

Multiple diagnoses: It is possible to see 10 different docs and describe the same symptoms and get 10 different diagnoses. But a mature experienced therapist, a trauma expert, would be able to sort through it all. This is critical because otherwise you could end up on too many different drugs and never get better. Many severe trauma experiences can result in symptoms that mimic the other dx, even including hallucina ...Read more

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How mild can paranoia be? What are ways it can affect a bipolar disorder?

How mild can paranoia be? What are ways it can affect a bipolar disorder?

A sign of psychosis: Paranoia can occur as part of psychosis in either depressive phase or manic phase of bipolar disorder. It usually starts as mild but usually increases as disease progresses. Please talk to your psychiatrist asap and seek treatment. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between bipolar disorder and paranoia schizophrenia?

Doctors, what is the difference between bipolar disorder and paranoia schizophrenia?

Mood vs. thoughts: Bipolar is a mood disorder, while schizophrenia is a thought disorder. You can have issues with both, but the predominant symptom or issue, usually implicates the diagnosis. A mental health professional can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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What medication should I take for hallucinations i.E. Seeing and hearing things, bipolar, paranoia and anxiety?

What medication should I take for hallucinations i.E. Seeing and hearing things, bipolar, paranoia and anxiety?

Antipsychotics: The class of medications is "neuroleptics." but you are also taking medications that may cause hallucinations. Also drugs, such as lsd, psilocybins, marijuana, mdma & angel dust can cause acute hallucinations or predispose to future hallucinations. These symptoms require the intervention of an expert such as a psychiatrist. Please consult one or ask your prescribing doctor for help. ...Read more

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I have bipolar 1, anxiety, PTSD, but I also had awful paranoia for years. Where is this coming from? Taking pai test next week to try n find out

I have bipolar 1, anxiety, PTSD, but I also had awful paranoia for years. Where is this coming from? Taking pai test next week to try n find out

Hello: Although paranoia is not a specific criteria for DSM V diagnosis of PTSD - it is not uncommon. Traumatic incident(s) shape development of PTSD and cause one to distrust and fear the world around us. ...Read more

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Can I develop bipolar disorder after being on almost all the antipsychotics for over four years. diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. ?

Can I develop bipolar disorder after being on almost all the antipsychotics for over four years. diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. ?

See below: Some likely scenarios are that it was not possible to see the bipolar symptoms clearly at first but bipolar was the problem all along or that bipolar symptoms show up in addition to schizophrenia symptoms, which is called schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My spouse has been diagnosed with bipolar and has had a paranoid delusion brought on by substance abuse and he's manifesting it on me. What am I to do?

My spouse has been diagnosed with bipolar and has had a paranoid delusion brought on by substance abuse and he's manifesting it on me. What am I to do?

Call 911: for assistance if you are concerned that you may be in danger. Leave the home immediately for imminent safety concerns (if you have children - take them too). ...Read more

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My daughter is showing signs of manic depression or bipolar I don't know what to do noboby wants to be around her she is so paranoid family are afraid?

My daughter is showing signs of manic depression or bipolar I don't know what to do noboby wants to be around her she is so paranoid family are afraid?

How old is she?: Contact a mental health clinic & ask 4 an evaluation ASAP Let them know that you are fearful around her and that she needs to be seen on an urgent basis. If she is a minor, just get her 2 the appointment, they will help you with how to explain why you are having her seen. If she is an adult, talk 2 the clinic about options if she refuses 2 come for evaluation. Feel free 2 ask additional questions ...Read more

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I've got bpd. And bipolar 1, and ptsd, and body dysmorphic disorder. On lithium, but i'm a mess. Paranoid, i need help. Sexual abuse from 5-11 yrs ?

I've got bpd.  And bipolar 1, and ptsd, and body dysmorphic disorder. On lithium, but i'm a mess.  Paranoid, i need help. Sexual abuse from 5-11 yrs ?

Therapy ; meds: Sounds like you need therapy with someone who works with bpd ; also someone following your meds with your background you likely have trust ; control issues. ; expect negative outcomes--need to try to keep these from getting in the way of your treatment helps to have friends and or family you trust who can give you ferdback. ...Read more

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Any antipsychotics I can take w wellbutrin (bupropion)?Bipolar,ptsd,social phobia,agoraphobia.Wellbutrin's ONLY antidepressant 2 work.Panicky¶noid still tho.

Speak with doc: It is possible to take a variety of other meds, including antipsychotics and mood stabilizers along with Wellbutrin (bupropion). Speak with your doctor to figure out what the best choices would be for you given your symptoms. ...Read more

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My memory is failing..Is this a symptom of bipolar?

My memory is failing..Is this a symptom of bipolar?

Could be.: It is now becoming recognized that there is some cognitive dysfunction associated with bipolar disorder, manifested by deficits in working memory (the type of memory involved in holding a task in mind while you do something else) and executive functioning (planning, problem solving). Some research is showing benefit from nac (n-acetyl cysteine) 1000 mg twice a day, available over-the-counter. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of being bipolar?

What are signs and symptoms of being bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder: is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state.Mania or hypomania: 1 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.When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, ...Read more

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What're the symptoms of bipolar depression?

Variable: Bipolar depression is like unipolar depression, but more likely to include hypersomnia than insomnia. People with bipolar also can have mixed episodes which include symptoms of both mania and depression usually with pronounced irritability. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bipolar and depression disorder?

Bipolar: Dr. Fowler described major depressive d/o for you. Bipolar d/o includes episodes of both depression and mania/hypomania. Mania means times of increased energy, less need for sleep, feeling of racing thoughts & speech, increased impulsive behavior, sometimes poor judgment, elated or euphoric mood which can progress to irritable; can become psychotic with delusions and hallucinations too. ...Read more

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Paranoid (Definition)

Someone who fears others mean to harm him/her in some way. They may believe or think others are spying on them or plotting to kill them. When the fear is totally irrational and without basis it may be delusional ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more