Bipolar Psychosis Symptoms

Bipolar Psychosis
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Psychotic symptoms are often present in the mania of bipolar I disorder. The symptoms can also occur with depression and 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, though it only appears during depressive episodes in those with the latter.

The same psychotic symptoms that can appear in bipolar mania may also occur in schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and other mental disorders.

Some physical illnesses that can mimic the symptoms of bipolar disorder may cause psychosis as well.


Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality. Get to know more about this challenging issue.
 • Understanding Psychosis


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.
 • Understanding Hallucinations


Simply put, delusions are false beliefs that a person is convinced are true. 
 • Understanding Delusions


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.

 • Paranoia in Depth


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.
 • Catatonia in Depth

Terms Related to Psychotic Features

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