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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

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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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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Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

Schizophrenia &: Bipolar disorder are completely different disorders. Bipolar is a mood disorder with periods of depression & mania (excessive exuberance & unproductive energy). Schizophrenia is a thought disorder primarily including hallucinations, delusions & disorganized thinking & speech. Schizophrenia can include flat emotions, inability to experience pleasure & lack of motivation similar to depression. ...Read more

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How do I know whether I have bipolar or schizophrenia?

How do I know whether I have bipolar or schizophrenia?

Psyche Evaluation: Careful, thorough, comprehensive psychiatric evaluation is used to make accurate diagnosis of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder and bipolar disorder is a mood disorder. ...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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Can someone have schizophrenia and bipolar at the same time?

Can someone have schizophrenia and bipolar at the same time?

Yes: Bipolar is a mood disorder and schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder. Schizoaffective disorder is used to describe the condition involving abnormal mood (as can be seen in bipolar disorder) and perceptual disturbances. That diagnosis requires psychosis to be present for a two week period without any mood disorder symptoms (this state cannot be due to medications or other substances). ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

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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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


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

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