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Bipolar With Schizophrenic Tendencies
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
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
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
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
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
Is there any data that supports bipolar and schizophrenics as more intelligent than someone without the illness?
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
Can you tell me if i'm neither schizophrenic or bipolar. Are there any other off-label indications for this drug?
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
If people that have schizophrenia are schizophrenic & people that have autisum are autistic, how about people (like me) that have bipolar disorder?
Bipolar: I cannot think of any other term that is used other than bipolar or manic-depressive. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
What meds are used conjunction with anger management therapy. Patient is not schizophrenic, psychotic, bipolar, etc?
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
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
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
Can one become schitzophrenic from bipolar after stopping antipshychotic treatment and just augment with ssri for depression? Would be troubled with sleeping mania.
Schizophrenic fixated on me. Need advice on how to deal with it, he's my ex boyfriend. Also bi-polar?
Clarify boundaries: You need to make clear that you do not want him in your space, calling you or harassing you in any way and if he does you will call the police. If indeed he does not heed your drawing the line report him to the police. Mental illness is not an excuse for destructive or illegal behavior ...Read more
Of course: Knowing nothing about you, it's impossible to rule out anything that humans can be. But, if the concerns are quite new - you may be suffering from something else since you are just a bit older than most people who begin to display schizophrenia. If you set up an evaluation with a competent clinical psychologist, they should be able to close-in on an accurate diagnosis. That should lead to good tx. ...Read more
See someone: Bffs can be a great help in pointing out problems others would ignore, but sometimes they make casual comments meant as a joke that are not funny. If you are having hallucinations, delusions, or problems thinking straight, then seek a professional evaluation with a psychiatrist asap. ...Read more
It depends: There are varying degrees of impairment with the diagnosis (DX) of sz, and in and of itself the DX is not reason enough for a parent to lose custody of a child. It is only if the symptoms related to the diagnosis impair the parent's ability to adequately care of the child that custody may be called into question. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed as having schizophrenic tendencies . is it possible that I have installed in my children some of my fears?
Schiziphrenic: tendencies is a very vague diagnosis. We all pass along to children attitudes as well as genes. Hopefully most of them are positive but none of us is perfect. As adults children are responsible for their own behavior so avoid self-blame. Please see a mental health professional to sort this out a little more. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Have her seen.: Have her seen by a professional and they can provide options for medications to help with controlling her symptoms which can help improve her quality of life. Understand that there is no treatment for schizophrenia that makes it go away, but rather helps control symptoms and improve quality of life. ...Read more