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Is it possible to have both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Manan Shah
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

These disorders are sort of mutually exclusive so to say, so you cannot carry both diagnoses.
Having said that it is commonly misunderstood as they do share many common symptoms. Both can have psychosis (hallucinations, delusions), mood problems (esp depression) and there is also schizo-affective disorder which is mood and psychotic symptoms but there can be psychosis without mood problems in it.

In brief: Not really

These disorders are sort of mutually exclusive so to say, so you cannot carry both diagnoses.
Having said that it is commonly misunderstood as they do share many common symptoms. Both can have psychosis (hallucinations, delusions), mood problems (esp depression) and there is also schizo-affective disorder which is mood and psychotic symptoms but there can be psychosis without mood problems in it.
Dr. Manan Shah
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

But this is best determined by a psychiatrist.

In brief: Yes

But this is best determined by a psychiatrist.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Andrew Berry
It's called schizoaffective disorder
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Schizoaffective

Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenic (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings.

In brief: Schizoaffective

Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenic (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings.
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