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Whats the difference between bipolar and schitzoaffective bipolar type?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Bipolar vs Schizoaff

In schizoaffective disorder, the person suffers ongoing psychotic symptoms such as paranoia or delusions whether or not a mood problem is present.
However, they can certainly be sick with depression or mania too. In bipolar disorder, mood instability is the main problem. There are no psychotic symptoms unless in an active episode of depression or mania.

In brief: Bipolar vs Schizoaff

In schizoaffective disorder, the person suffers ongoing psychotic symptoms such as paranoia or delusions whether or not a mood problem is present.
However, they can certainly be sick with depression or mania too. In bipolar disorder, mood instability is the main problem. There are no psychotic symptoms unless in an active episode of depression or mania.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Daryl Tanski
Psychiatry

In brief: Mood v psychosis

Bipolar disorder is disorder of mood that is episodic in nature.
Input may be complicated by psychosis but only during periods do mood disturbance. Schixoaffectice disorder bipolar type is a disorder of thought or psychosis. It is chronic in nature. Psychotic symptoms are prominent and independent of mood disturbance.

In brief: Mood v psychosis

Bipolar disorder is disorder of mood that is episodic in nature.
Input may be complicated by psychosis but only during periods do mood disturbance. Schixoaffectice disorder bipolar type is a disorder of thought or psychosis. It is chronic in nature. Psychotic symptoms are prominent and independent of mood disturbance.
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