Psychosis, aka Psychotic Features, is associated with the manic phase of bipolar I disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Other conditions where psychosis may be present include postpartum psychosis, dementia, depressive episodes, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The use of certain illegal drugs, including methamphetamine, can bring on psychotic episodes.
I have assembled a list of the most common symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. It is important to note that not everyone who has bipolar disorder a.k.a. manic depression experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. The severity of symptoms varies person to person and over time.
Bipolar Disorder is an illness that affects the entire family – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, husbands …Read the Rest
You may be able to short-circuit a developing mood episode through early intervention, but to do so, you must first be able to identify the early warning signs. In this post, I point out some common early warning signs of an oncoming bipolar mood episode (depression, mania, or mixed) and ask you to share your early warning signs.
One of the most challenging aspects of bipolar disorder is that those who have it often lack insight, meaning that in the midst of a major mood episode, their mood radar stops working. Consider teaming up with a loved one you trust to provide the objective insight you need. Remember: The earlier you intervene, the better chance you have of keeping a full-blown mood episode at bay.