Katie, who has bipolar disorder, describes her experience of hearing voices when she is manic or depressed.
Not everyone realises that some sufferers of Bipolar disorder also have psychotic symptoms.
These could include delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations.
During mania, the voices can be comforting.
Can you have auditory hallucinations with bipolar disorder?
Hallucinations are more likely to be auditory than visual in people with bipolar disorder. You’re more likely to have hallucinations if you experience severe mood swings. Hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms are also more likely to happen to those with schizophrenia rather than those with bipolar disorder.
Can bipolar and schizophrenia occur together?
Bipolar and schizophrenia symptoms. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are psychiatric conditions that have some common traits, but also key differences. Bipolar disorder causes shifts in mood, energy levels, and thinking. Also, a person can have both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which can complicate diagnosis.
Can bipolar cause psychosis?
Bipolar psychosis happens when a person experiences an episode of severe mania or depression, along with psychotic symptoms and hallucinations. The symptoms tend to match a person’s mood. During a manic phase, they may believe they have special powers. This type of psychosis can lead to reckless or dangerous behavior.
What does bipolar psychosis look like?
Symptoms include delusions (believing something that is not real) and/or hallucinations (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, or tasting something that is not real). Psychosis usually accompanies episodes of extreme mania in persons with bipolar I disorder (the more severe form of the disease).