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Could untreated depression turn into bipolar or a psychotic disorder?

Could untreated depression turn into bipolar or a psychotic disorder?

It may: Why it may, is based on the fact that depression can precede or be a part of bipolar disorder that is in the depressed mode and hypo-mania or mania may follow. It may also be that the depression becomes so severe that the depressed person becomes psychotic. Ptsd folks can have a psychotic depression as well. Brain trauma can cause a psychotic depression as can alzheimers dementia. ...Read more

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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, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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Could it be true you can become bipolar from psychotic depression?

Could it be true you can become bipolar from psychotic depression?

Vice-versa: I think you may have it backward. Bipolar mood disorder can cause psychotic depression. In some cases, psychotic depression may the first indication that someone has bipolar mood disorder. Psychotic depression does not "cause" bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Bipolar: Bipolar disorder has different phases of illness, and different levels of intensity. Bipolar patients may have more depression episodes than mania or hypomania. Also, depressions in bipolar disorder may be without, or with, psychotic features. Psychotic features may include hallucinations & delusions with themes of personal inadequacy, guilt, disease, death, nihilism, or deserving punishment. ...Read more

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I have bipolar depression with psychotic tendencies and it stresses me out to the point that I get nauseous and vomit. Could I be anxious or scared?

I have bipolar depression with psychotic tendencies and it stresses me out to the point that I get nauseous and vomit. Could I be anxious or scared?

Anxiety disorders: frequently accompany bipolar disorder and amplify the condition. Specific treatment adjustments are necessary with this combination. Speak with your provider to determine the best treatment plan. Therapy to develop/improve anxiety management and stress reduction is very important. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice can be very helpful. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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Help me I have bipolar psychotic depression and severe anxiety! i feel the need to be hospitalized and sedated sometimes. Is sedation good for me?

Help me I have bipolar psychotic depression and severe anxiety! i feel the need to be hospitalized and sedated sometimes. Is sedation good for me?

At times: The thing with bipolar disease with psychotic features is sometimes you do need to be hospitalized to get the medications/treatment stabilized. This is for your protection. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between bipolar nos and psychosis depression?

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Is there a difference between bipolar nos and psychosis depression?

Bipilar: Nos is manic depression not otherwise specifies, meaning criteria do not fit bipolar diagnosis criteria. Depression with psychosis is major depression with psychotic features such as hallucinations. ...Read more

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I can't tell the difference between psychosis and bipolar in one relative that suffers severe mood changes depression and too many bad thoughts about others. Which one is he ?

Bipolar manifests: in extreme mood fluctuations. Psychosis is being out of touch w/reality. The bad thoughts you mention may fall into this category. Your friend may be experiencing both. Psychiatric help is necessary to manage this. Good life style choices concerning food, exercise, rest, are also helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

Several to consider: If you have a bipolar type of depression, then using a 'mood stabilizer' would be the first choice, not an antidepressant. Ask your md which ones would be possible with you. ...Read more

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I am bipolar have depression ptsd psychosis anxiety n have trouble sleeping. My dr only has me on lexapro (escitalopram). What other meds might help the other proble?

I am bipolar have depression ptsd psychosis anxiety n have trouble sleeping. My dr only has me on lexapro (escitalopram). What other meds might help the other proble?

Prazosin, atypical : Your doctor could try an atypical antipsychotic like seroquel or risperdal, and prazosin which may help for ptsd related nightmares and insomnia. Another mood stabilizer such as Depakote or lithium may also be needed for your regimen. I notice your medication list also includes abilify, Cymbalta and geodon (ziprasidone). I wonder how you responded to them. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more