schizophrenia/bipolar, regarding daughter and family history and symptoms
Hello! I, myself, have bipolar disorder. My daughter is in the process of being diagnosed. She has symptoms that seem related to both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She recently has experienced hallucinations and psychosis. With my family history..(I am bipolar. My dad has 13 brothers and sister, 9 of whom had depression and alcoholism; another brother was schizoprenic and alcoholic; another sister of his is either bipolar or schizophrenic. My dad's dad also was an alcholic and probable some sort of mental illness, etc. My husband suffers depression and so do many of his family members).
Anyway, I would tend to thiink that the most likely diagnosis in this scenario would be bipolar; however, with the hallucinations and psychotic features along with poor social skils etc, I am worried that this could represent schizophrenia. I know that nobody here is a doctor, but I guess I would like some opinions.
Are there any specific symptoms that would be in one of these two disorders but not the other?
Her psychiatrist is taking a "wait and see" approach, which is driving me nuts...I think she should be treated at this point.