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Bipolar With Schizophrenic Tendencies
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
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
How come some people confuse borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder?
Different things: They are different things, but it is possible to have both. Both personality disorders may be characterized by recklessness, impulsivity, and manipulativeness. The causes are different, but some behaviors may superficially look the same. Borderline personality can be treated. True psychopathic or sociopathic personality is unlikely to respond to treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Axis i disorders (bipolar) and axis ii (personality disorders) are often comorbid. Axis i disorders are major, severe and persisting disorders. Personality disorders are the underlying strengths and weaknesses of character that can often shape the axis i disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: At least not as a part of the cyclothymic disorder. In cyclothymic disorder both the highs and lows are too mild to result in psychotic symptoms including delusions. ...Read more
It can happen: Borderline personality can be present with a variety of conditions including those that have hallucinations. This symptom which indicates a serious break with reality should be treated as soon as possible . The treatment will probably include medication which can be very helpful whenever there are hallucinations. Of course a full evaluation will be necessary to determine the correct diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?
Hard to say: Superficial guessing about such a thing would not be fair to anyone. And i hope you'll understand that most ethical doctors maintain the privacy of any patients for whom they come to a working diagnosis -- even those who are celebrities. ...Read more
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
Delusions: Yes. Delusions and hallucinations means psychosis. And yes it often is.Let me reassure you, its a treatable illness and stability in right hands rather an easy job, provided you do your part and your md, his. Gain insight, more you will know, easy it becomes. This illness gives ample warnings of its arrival which you will ignore. Pay attention, and get hold of your md see, , how easy it is ! ...Read more
Differences: Narcissists have a pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration and a lack of empathy. They are often arrogant, think that they are important, exaggerate their achievements and have a sense of entitlement. Histrionics are overly dramatic and appear like they are acting. They are seeking attention and may be overly sexualised. Their emotions are overexaggerated. ...Read more
Very different: Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and often disabling brain disorder with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. Depending on treatment, people may or may not be able to hold jobs or relate well to others. Ocd is an anxiety disorder, and is not psychotic. It's characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive, ritualized behaviors. Both can be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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