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Bipolar Often Mistaken for Schizophrenia - and Vice Versa

By January 29, 2013

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Schizophrenia or bipolar?

Schizophrenia.com notes that the illnesses schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are often mistaken for one another. This isn't surprising, as they have many symptoms in common. There are, though, many differences as well, starting with the essential criteria for diagnosing each. For example, to be diagnosed with Bipolar I, you must have had at least one manic episode. This isn't required at all for schizophrenia, though it may indicate schizoaffective disorder, a difficult to diagnose mental illness.

Here's a look at the factors that distinguish bipolar from schizophrenia, as well as what can make them difficult, sometimes, to tell the difference, especially at first.

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