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my psychiatrist treats me on symptoms alone - because of this, he told me that my symptoms were somewhere in between bipolar i and schizoaffective disorder. he said that treatments were the same so he wasn't focused on finding which one suits me best. for people with experience, how did you get diagnosed with one or the other? how should i go about figuring out which one i have? i'm a bit confused about the difference between bipolar i with psychosis vs schizoaffective disorder when i google it lol. so i would love some personal experiences

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    • CatherineDerry

      323d

      The basic difference is this: Bipolar 1 w/ psychosis means that you only experienced the psychosis while also having either a manic or depressive episode. Bipolar Schizoaffective Disorder is just a fancy way of saying you have both Bipolar and a form of Schizophrenia, meaning you can experience psychotic symptoms at any time - even if you're not having a manic or depressive episode. And to receive an official schizophrenia or schizoaffective diagnosis, you must have been experiencing at least two symptoms of psychosis (including delusions, hallucinations, etc.,) for six months or more. Not sure if you know what the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual version 5.0 (DSM-V) is, but it's basically the psychiatry bible. It lists mental illnesses and the criteria required for a diagnosis. I think most libraries have a copy.

    • CatherineDerry

      323d

      The basic difference is this: Bipolar 1 w/ psychosis means that you only experienced the psychosis while also having either a manic or depressive episode. Bipolar Schizoaffective Disorder is just a fancy way of saying you have both Bipolar and a form of Schizophrenia, meaning you can experience psychotic symptoms at any time - even if you're not having a manic or depressive episode. And to receive an official schizophrenia or schizoaffective diagnosis, you must have been experiencing at least two symptoms of psychosis (including delusions, hallucinations, etc.,) for six months or more. Not sure if you know what the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual version 5.0 (DSM-V) is, but it's basically the psychiatry bible. It lists mental illnesses and the criteria required for a diagnosis. I think most libraries have a copy.

    • JohnLocke

      380d

      Also, you can ask your psychiatrist. He may not know enough about your symptom duration to diagnose you

      • stormysundays

        380d

        @JohnLocke i may take time to explain my symptoms further to him because even though he's not particularly interested in the answer i definitely am

    • JohnLocke

      380d

      It may have to do with length of the manic episode or when psychosis occurs

      • stormysundays

        380d

        @JohnLocke thank you, i hadn't thought of that for some reason. my psychosis is constant when i'm unmedicated and more mild when i am

        • JohnLocke

          363d

          @stormysundays I recently heard schizoaffective has a psychosis of two weeks without mood symptoms. Look up the DSM 5 definition for schizoaffective and compare with bipolar

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"Someone with bipolar only experiences symptoms associated with bipolar disorder. Whereas someone with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type experiences both symptoms and meets the criteria for diagnosing schizophrenia as well as bipolar. Bipolar is categorized as a mood disorder and schizophrenia is categorized as a psychotic disorder. Schizoaffective disorder is a disorder that causes you to have symptoms of schizophrenia and a mood disorder, such as bipolar disorder."

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