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8 Facts About Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder You Should Know About Today

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Self Magazine compiled 8 surprising facts about the link between psychosis and bipolar disorder that we think you should know.

According to Self.com, Psychosis is “a mental state in which someone becomes detached from reality and experiences delusions, hallucinations, or both.” Here are 8 quick facts about the link between psychosis and bipolar disorder.

  1. Psychosis can occur during episodes of mania AND depression. They can also occur during mixed-mood episodes, during which someone experiences mania AND depression.
  2. Psychosis occurs in Bipolar 1 AND 2. Most people think it only occurs in the former, but those with the latter experience it too. However, those with cyclothymia do not experience psychosis.
  3. Not everyone who has bipolar disorder experiences psychosis. A recent study found that 61% of people with bipolar disorder had experienced at least one symptom of psychosis in their lifetime. However, some may NEVER have an episode - and just because someone hasn’t had one yet, doesn’t mean they won’t have one in the future.
  4. Psychosis during a bipolar mood episode can look a lot like the psychotic episode of someone with schizophrenia. This sometimes leads to misdiagnosis.
  5. In bipolar disorder, delusions and hallucinations are often mood-congruent. This means their psychosis - and their false beliefs - will reflect a manic or depressed disposition.
  6. Mood-incongruent episodes, where the person’s delusions or hallucinations are not aligned with their mood, seem to be rarer. Researchers are still investigating a possible genetic reason for this.
  7. Psychosis is treated with antipsychotics. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Antipsychotics begin to treat some symptoms, like HALLUCINATIONS, within days, while it may take weeks for DELUSIONS to fully recede.
  8. The best way to manage psychosis is to prevent as many mood episodes as possible. This is possible through a strict adherence to your treatment plan, checking in with your doctor often, and avoiding episode triggers like stress, sleep deprivation, and substance abuse.

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Source: Self Magazine


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