What is a more serious illness bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?

Both are serious. Both of these illnesses are serious and require ongoing psychiatric treatment. Out of control, either than severely disrupt a person's life and relationships. Perhaps schizoaffective disorder may be a little more complicated, because the person still has psychotic symptoms even when no active mood problem is expressing itself. So, the medications needed may be more.
No simple answer b/c. It depends on the person and the severity of the disorder. Persons with bipolar i can be psychotic as are individuals w/ schizoaffective disorder, which means a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder. All things being equal, the person with schizoaffective disorder with bipolar characteristics is likely to have more mental health problems.

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

More symptoms. For a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, one needs to have symptoms consistent with schizophrenia at one point as well as bipolar disorder at a different point in the same episode of illness. This can be tough to sort out unless you are seeing the same physician throughout the whole time. Read more...
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. Read more...

Is the medication for bipolar disorder the same as that of schizoaffective disorder?

Similar medications . Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood. It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but requires the same types of medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and others. Prognosis for return to previous function is better than for other psychotic disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001927/. Read more...
Schizoaffective. Bipolar DO meds are typically mood stabilizers. Schizoaffective DO meds are typically mood stabilizers PLUS antipsychotic meds. Read more...

What to do if I have bipolar disorder w/ psychosis, is this similar to schizoaffective disorder?

Similar . Bipolar disorder with psychosis shows resolution of the psychosis with treatment and periods of no psychosis without antipsychotic treatment. Schizoaffective disorder shows relapse into psychosis when antipsychotic meds are stopped. Functioning is often lower than in bipolar disorder and it can resemble schizophrenia. Dissociative identity disorder can mimic schizoaffective disorder. Read more...

Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type? With no family history of schizophrenia?

PTSD. Ptsd sometimes include features that are prima facie undistinguishable from sad criteria. Overlaps are possible, however sporadic (non familial) sad cases exist. My impression is that ptsd shoud be ruled in or out as the main first step, and treated appropriately if found. Addictive agents should be avoided, other medical conditions explored (osa, thyroid issues, anemia?) and controlled. Best, . Read more...
Trauma. Schizo affective disorder or likely genetically predisposed to the condition. The genetics may be inherited or by spontaneous mutation. In a genetically volnurable individual a stress such as trauma can lead to the manifestation of the condition. Read more...
Can happen.. If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the personality becomes so fragile it detaches from reality. Add to this genetic vulnerabilities that are not apparent to people in the family. Many reasons abuse in families can make it difficult to get all the data. Environment and genes are key. Read more...

Which type of doctors would e the best to go to to get a proper diagnosis of if I am bipolar I or have schizoaffective disorder?

Psychiatrist. Without question, the most qualified physician to do this evaluation is a psychiatrist. This will take some time, as there are no diagnostic tests that will definitely confirm a psychiatric diagnosis, so be patient. The psychiatrist will need to do an extensive evaluation of you, and may ask for a family member to join you for some additional information. Treatments work! stick with it. Good luck. Read more...
psychologist or. A psychiatrist can properly assess whether you have bipolar disorder. Take care, . Read more...
psychiatrists. Would be the most knowledgable in these conditions. Read more...

Is schizoaffective disorder a condition in it's own right? Or is it basically two different illnesses in the one patient (schizophrenia and bipolar)?

Considered one. It is currently considered one disorder. I find the diagnosis to be used as somewhat of a 'catchall' category professionally. I usually try to refine this diagnosis in my work with people. Read more...

My chart reads bipolar vs Schizoaffective disorder. What does this mean?

Not sure yet. That means the doctor cannot classify your diagnosis as 100% Bipolar disorder or 100%Schizoaffective disorder. Often patients don't fit neatly into a single category - symptoms and signs overlap so writing it that way in the chart reminds me that the diagnosis is a little blurry and I should consider both when evaluating the patient. Read more...
These are both. disorders that effect mood. With 400 characters or less - I could not do your question justice. This is such an important issue - please ask your therapist or doctor to sit down with you to discuss your diagnostic assessment to date. Educating and keeping the patient informed is an important part of treatment. I would encourage you to write down your questions & then ask your provider. Take care. Read more...