Re: How can you tell if you have schizophrenia or Bi poler?
I'm not a doctor either, but I do have experience with bipolar since I have it myself.
It sounds like she cycles between mania and irritability which is a definite sign of bipolar.
The difference between bipolar and schizophrenia is that people with bipolar experience mania (high energy levels, euphoria, restlessness, rapid/pressured speech, difficulty making decisions, difficulty concentrating, depression, irritability, agitation, delusions of grandeur and paranoia) and in some cases, psychosis (only when manic) while some people with schizophrenia do not experience mania, but do have psychosis during a normal mood state.
If I were you, I would have your boyfriend ask for a second opinion regarding his daughter's diagnosis.
Atypical Bipolar I Disorder with Rapid Cycling
Risperdal 1mg titrating to 6mg/day
Klonopin .5mg (2x/day)
Trazodone 100mg or 200mg PRN
Last edited by dreams in neon; 12-01-2008 at 02:04 AM.