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is bipolar with psychotic features the same as schizoaffective? i tried to ask my psychiatrist about it today but couldn't really understand what she meant. i was diagnosed with schizoaffective from a previous psychiatrist but moved back to my other psychiatrist originally and she still has me diagnosed with bipolar with psychotic features even though ice sent my medical papers over to her stating that i was being treated for schizoaffective. im confused.

    • CatherineDerry


      Here's the main difference between Bipolar w/ psychotic features and bipolar schizoaffective disorder. In bipolar w/ psychotic features, your psychotic features (such as hallucinations, delusions, flat affect, etc.) only occur when you are in the midst of a manic or depressive episode. With bipolar schizoaffective disorder, your psychotic features can be present with or without an episode. As far as I know, you have to meet all the criteria for a diagnosis of schizophrenia. So essentially, bipolar schizoaffective is just a fancy way of saying you have both Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Hope this helps!

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Bipolar with psychotic features and schizoaffective disorder are not exactly the same. Schizoaffective disorder is a combination of symptoms of schizophrenia and a mood disorder, such as bipolar disorder. Bipolar with psychotic features refers to bipolar disorder that also includes psychotic symptoms. The difference lies in the presence of additional symptoms of schizophrenia in schizoaffective disorder. It's important to discuss your concerns with your psychiatrist and consider seeking a second opinion if you're still confused about your diagnosis.

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