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How do I know if I am bipolar or schizophrenic?

How do I know if I am bipolar or schizophrenic?

Bipolar Disorder is : A mood disorder in which the person experiences high mood/ energy alternating with low mood/ energy. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder in which the person develops impairment in living and has loss of touch with reality. The way to know if you have either of these conditions is through a psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm schizophrenic or bipolar?

What do you suggest if i'm schizophrenic or bipolar?

Seek psychiatric: Care. Get an accurate diagnosis. Compliance with treatment is essential. Report any medication side effects. Strictly avoid alcohol or illicit drugs. Protect your sleep at all costs. Engage in some form of talking therapy. Make your physical and mental health a top priority. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being schizophrenic and bipolar?

What is the difference between being schizophrenic and bipolar?

Mood versus thoughts: Generally bipolar is a condition that primarily results in a disturbance in mood (mania or depression) - any psychotic symptoms (false beliefs, voices, etcetera) occur only when the person is in an extreme mood. Schizophrenia is a disorder that primarily affects thought (delusions or false beliefs, voices, strange connections). There are people who have a bit of both (schizoaffective). ...Read more

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Can Schizophrenic/Bipolar sister on meds , become violent ever, even if they havent been? But had bad thoughts in past?

Can Schizophrenic/Bipolar sister on meds , become violent ever, even if they havent been? But had bad thoughts in past?

There is potential: for violence but that doesn't mean it will happen. If your sister's condition is well controlled on her medications - it lessens the chances. ...Read more

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Is there any data that supports bipolar and schizophrenics as more intelligent than someone without the illness?

Is there any data that supports bipolar and schizophrenics as more intelligent than someone without the illness?

No: That is not the case. When a person's mind is not working in a normal manner, due to a psychiatric illness like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, her intellect is also affected, regardless of whether it is affected all the time or only part of the time. ...Read more

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My dad is bipolar and schizophrenic, what are the odds that i will also get these diseases?

My dad is bipolar and schizophrenic, what are the odds that i will also get these diseases?

Low: Your dad can not have both, they are mutually exclusive illnesses; sometimes people get told different diagnoses over time. A child with a parent with schizophrenia has about a 13% chance of developing the illness in his or her lifetime. The risk of bipolar in a child with a parent with bipolar illness is about the same. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i'm neither schizophrenic or bipolar. Are there any other off-label indications for this drug?

Can you tell me if i'm neither schizophrenic or bipolar. Are there any other off-label indications for this drug?

FDA indications: Medications used to treat schizophrenia based on food and drug administration approval are ofter used for other reasons.

Fda approval or "on label " governs how the pharmaceutical industry can market their products to doctors. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! my dad is bipolar and schizophrenic. So does that mean i might have it? Is it hereditary?

Hereditary worries: The research suggests that both are hereditary, which means that there's the probability that it is genetically transmitted. But it also depends on environmental circumstances as well as to whether a person manifests or becomes actively bipolar or schizophrenic. Consider some counseling so that you can manage stress to help with your worries and to prevent what you can, and to get more education. ...Read more

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What kind of tests does the hospital run to confirm if a person is schizophrenic or bipolar, etc.?

What kind of tests does the hospital run to confirm if a person is schizophrenic or bipolar, etc.?

Behaviors, not tests: A physical exam and/or lab tests may help a doctor rule out medical illness as the cause of some symptoms, but it is by observing a person and - perhaps psychological testing - that a diagnosis is made. Even though many wish it was different, with respect to mental illness, usually there is no clear confirmation - only expert opinion. And, they can be wrong without being culpable. It's difficult. ...Read more

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My dad is bipolar and schizophrenic. so does that mean I might have it. so are mental disorders hereditary?

My dad is bipolar and schizophrenic. so does that mean I might have it. so are mental disorders hereditary?

You may or may not: have bipolar or schizophrenia. Although there appear to be hereditary predispositions to develop mental illnesses, not all children of the mentally ill develop the diseases. If you are concerned, talk to a psychologist or psychiatrist to find out if you have any of the symptoms associated with these disorders. ...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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I'm 26/f and grown up with an amazing mother-she is schizophrenic/bipolar, simply incredible! woman. What field will educate me most on these dx's?

I'm 26/f and grown up with an amazing mother-she is schizophrenic/bipolar, simply incredible! woman. What field will educate me most on these dx's?

Psychiatry: If you're considering a field to go into yourself, the one that will educate you the most on your mother's diagnoses would be psychiatry. It involves attending medical school, then doing a 4 year residency in psychiatry. Some choose to be in private practice after this, and others choose academia because they like teaching & research also. Still others pick other kinds of employed positions. ...Read more

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My husband is schizophrenic, psychotic, bipolar, and has mdd. He is now undergoing emt and each treatment makes him more manic than ever before. ?

My husband is schizophrenic, psychotic, bipolar, and has mdd.  He is now undergoing emt and each treatment makes him more manic than ever before. ?

He cannot have all: Of those diagnoses. Usually when someone presents with that array of symptoms they are described as schizoaffective, bipolar type. Generally when someone has the condition they spend more time in depressive phase than they do in the manic phase. The emt therapy is likely bringing him out of depression and temporarily sending him into mania. That is controlled with anticonvulsant mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medication dosage adjustments. Antidepressants are usually minimized so as to avoid the mania that they can induce.Please talk to your husbands psychiatrist about this and express your observations and concerns. I'm sure that the treating physician will be grateful for the input. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What meds are used conjunction with anger management therapy. Patient is not schizophrenic, psychotic, bipolar, etc?

What meds are used conjunction with anger management therapy.  Patient is not schizophrenic, psychotic, bipolar, etc?

Confirm with MD: One medication often used for this problem is xyprexa. Let your psychiatrist assess you and help with the medication choice. Clonidine or a benzodiazipine may also be a choice. Your vital signs may dictate the choice of the drug. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father is bipolar and schizophrenic. so does that mean I might have it. so are mental disorders genetic?

Usually one or the: other diagnosis is made, not both. If there are delusions/hallucinations characteristic of schizophrenia AND extreme shifts in mood, the dx is schizoaffective disorder. To confuse things, psychosis can occur at either end of the severe moods in bipolar, so you need a professional to tease these out. Genetics do play a part so do some research. At 41, you are less at risk for a schizo dx. ...Read more

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Could Abilify (aripiprazole) used for anxiety and agitation only. Not schizophrenic or bipolar?

Could Abilify (aripiprazole) used for anxiety and agitation only. Not schizophrenic or bipolar?

Used for all those.: Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic medication and is primarily indicated for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders with psychotic features. It has also been used as an "add on" medication in major depression which does not respond to antidepressant alone. In severe anxiety disorders, it has been shown to help also. ...Read more

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My mum is a bipolar disorder 1 patient and a mild schitzophrenic. I'm starting to get bipolar symptoms but my gp says that i'll be fine and should do more breathing. Ishe correct?

My mum is a bipolar disorder 1 patient and a mild schitzophrenic. I'm starting to get bipolar symptoms but my gp says that i'll be fine and should do more breathing. Ishe correct?

Well the issue: Is that there an increased risk for a mood disorder (to include bipolar disorder) if your parent has it. It can show up in childhood and teen years. Please have your parents support you in obtaining a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. This is an important issue. Take care. ...Read more

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Can one become schitzophrenic from bipolar after stopping antipshychotic treatment and just augment with ssri for depression? Would be troubled with sleeping mania.

No, but....: Stopping antipsychotic won't make you psychotic if that wasn't a predisposition. I believe that people who respond well to antipsychotic augmentation (esp a young person with severe depression) is likely to really have a bipolar spectrum condition. ...Read more

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