Symptoms And Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder Essay

1023 Words May 27th, 2016 5 Pages
LL is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type. In this disorder, people have schizophrenic behaviors, but most of the symptoms reflect a mood disorder. There are multiple facets of the diagnosis of this disorder. First, the patient must have at least one of the three main characteristics of schizophrenia: Delusions, Hallucinations, Disorganized speech. These can be present for a period of time with the mania of bipolar disorder. Mania in bipolar disorder is characterized by feelings of euphoria, irritable mood, grandiosity, decreased need for sleep, pressured speech, racing thoughts, increased risky behavior, distractibility, and increased goal-directed activity. The symptoms of bipolar are usually present for a majority of the duration of the illness. The delusions and hallucinations, however, must be present for at least two weeks in the absence of the bipolar disorder symptoms (APA, 2013; Townsend 2015). During the assessment, LL seemed to represent more of the schizophrenic aspects of schizoaffective disorder. In her case, she had different types of delusions: persecutory and grandiose. This grandiosity is usually seen as part of the manic phase in bipolar. Along with this is irritable mood which she exhibited when she first came to the hospital. She did not want to talk to anyone and became loud and visibly upset when people asked her too many questions. However, just because she exhibits these symptoms, does not mean that she is manic. In fact, she is…

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