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What are the critical differences between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

What are the critical differences between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

Mood: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which includes distinct episodes of highs (mania) and lows (depression). Schizophrenia is a chronic thought disorder which includes hallucinations and delusions. Schizoaffective disorder is schizophrenia with depression, mania, or both. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...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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Is it possible to have both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

Not really: Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can have a lot of symptoms in common, but they are quite different disorders and would rarely occur in the same individual. Some people have symptoms suggestive of both, and they may have what is called schizoaffective disorder. Distinguishing among these disorders can be difficult but important, because optimal treatments vary. ...Read more

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What are your treatment options for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

What are your treatment options for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

Treatment Options: Bipolar disorder Tx Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Schizophrenia is treated with antipsychotics.Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. ...Read more

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Is there a link between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

Is there a link between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder: There are different ways to answer the question: as scientist :yes there are genetic linkage, receptor level correlation as psychiatrist :there are overlap symptoms and considered at times the spectrum illness with some symptoms been very prominent in bipolar that are core for schizophrenia.Have some medications that are helpful in both illnesses. However schizophrenia has some severe symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some types of mental illnesses? Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder?

What are some types of mental illnesses? Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder?

Many: Anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorders 1&2, schizophrenia, personality disorders such as antisocial, borderline, and schizotypal are all some of the major ones we see. If you are concerned you have one of these or something else I highly suggest you talk to you doctor about them. I guarantee he/she will not think you are a strange or bad person. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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I know the symptoms and what schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are but in what way are they related to substance use?

I know the symptoms and what schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are but in what way are they related to substance use?

Not always related: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance use are not always related. Patients with these illnesses will sometimes self medicate with substances to help them cope with their symptoms. Patients with no prior mental illness will find themselves with schizophrenia-like symptoms due to drug abuse. There are patients with these illnesses that do not use drugs. Tobacco use though is very common. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

The lay term is manic depression. It is a mood cycling condition in which a person has periods of elevated mood & energy, little sleep, racing thoughts & grandiose ideas. The person may engage in risky behaviors, spend a lot or work a lot. These episodes alternate w/ periods of depression for at least 2 wks. The duration & severity of the manic sx determines the ...Read more


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Manic depressive disorder is also known as Bipolar disorder. 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