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Bipolar Psychosis Symptoms

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Updated May 16, 2014

Bipolar Psychosis
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Psychotic symptoms are often present in the mania of Bipolar I disorder. The symptoms can also occur during depression and in many other disorders. The presence of psychosis automatically rules out a diagnosis of hypomania. Thus, people with both Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2 can experience psychosis, but in Bipolar 2 they only appear during depressive episodes.

The same psychotic symptoms that can appear in bipolar mania may also occur in schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and other mental disorders. And some physical illnesses that can mimic the symptoms of bipolar disorder may cause psychosis.

Psychosis
Here is a straightforward definition of psychosis itself. Also included is a list of some physical illnesses that can cause psychotic symptoms but do not necessarily cause mood swings.
 • Definition of Psychosis

Hallucinations
Most people tend to associate hallucinations strictly with schizophrenia. However, hallucinations are often experienced by people with bipolar disorder when either depression or mania has psychotic features.
 • Definition of Hallucinations
 • Hallucinations In Depth

Delusions
Simply put, delusions are false believes that a person is convinced are true. Here is a list of types of delusions with information about each type.
 • What Are Delusions?

Paranoia
Paranoia can be present in a number of mental illnesses, including bipolar I disorder. Psychiatrists use the term paranoia to describe a disordered way of thinking or an anxious state that attains the level of a delusion. This article looks at - and what does not - fit the psychiatric definition of paranoia.
 • Definition of Paranoia
 • Paranoia in Depth

Catatonia
Catatonia is primarily a symptom of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, but it can appear -- though rarely -- as a psychotic symptom of bipolar disorder as well. When most people think of catatonia, they think of catatonic stupor, where the affected person sits absolutely still and doesn't respond to anything. But there are many other symptoms and forms of catatonia.
 • Definition of Catatonia
 • Catatonia in Depth

Terms Related to Psychotic Features

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