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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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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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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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Is it possible to have both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

Schizoaffective DO: You have a combination of the symptoms found in both disorders if you have "schizoaffective disorder". ...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 age can bipolar disorder or schizophrenia be seen in children?What are symptoms to look for?

Research: Recent research demonstrates that juvenile bipolar disorder can be diagnosed as young as five yo by an experienced physician. In fact same research shows early treatment mitigates risk of persistent bipolar disorder in adulthood. Dr. Papolos is a leading researcher on this topic & has published a bipolar questionnaire. See http://bipolarchild.Com/resources/jbrf/. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of someone with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder being successful in a career?

What is the likelihood of someone with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder being successful in a career?

Better w treatment: It is difficult to say, since everyone is different. I will say, however, that those I have known with schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder who take their medications as directed even when feeling well have been the most successful with work and with their lives in general. Those i know who tend to stop the meds whenever they are feeling well have not done very well at all due to relapses. ...Read more

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How do I know whether I have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia?

How do I know whether I have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia?

Thorough: psychiatric evaluation should be able to differentiate btwn. Bipolar Disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffectve disorder. However, it may take a while for a particular disorder to fully manifest it's self. ...Read more

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Will there ever be a cure for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

Hopefully: Both can be managed quite well through appropriate meds, but the underlying disease process is still there. A "cure" indicates stopping or preventing the disease process. There is likely a genetic component to both, but other factors are definitely involved. Genetic engineering may be possible in the future. However, some parts of the disease process may be adaptive such as artistic ability. ...Read more

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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


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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


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