Can celexa (citalopram) treat schizoaffective disorder and bipolar medication problems?

Your ? Is unclear. Celexa (citalopram) shows no evidence of being effective in schizoaffective or bipolar disorder. No antidepressant is approved for either of these conditions on its own. Having said that, I am going to say antidepressant medication is frequently used in these conditions, sometimes successfully, but often not. Given the amount of time that people with these conditions spend in depression, it is not surprising people are often given antidepressants in the hope that they may be one of those lucky people who will respond beneficially to their effects.

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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...

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...

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. Read 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. 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...

Schizoaffective disorder is characterized by bipolar-like symptoms, but can people lean more one way, like just towards depression?

Yes. The distinguishing feature of schizoaffective vs bipolar disorder is the persistence of psychotic symptoms (delusions, hallucinations, etc) even when mood issues are not present. Affectively, one could be more frequently depressed than manic or hypomanic. Read more...
Very individualized. There is no hard and fast rule as the the course of any mental illness, only general guidelines for diagnoses. There are often co-morbid conditions that cause a person to exhibit more than one set of diagnostic traits. The important thing is to work with a doctor that gets to know what your problems are and how to help you. 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...