Is schizophrenia similar to mania?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Symptoms of schizophrenia and symptoms of mania can be similar. Sometimes, people in a manic state may experience psychotic symptoms like those found in schizophrenia, including hallucinations and delusions. For instance, a person may start to see or hear things that are not real. At times, people in a manic state may feel paranoid or have thoughts that are not based in reality. People with mania may feel invincible, famous, or very special in some way, similar to delusions that people with schizophrenia have. When these symptoms are extreme, it is known as manic psychosis. This can cause people to say unusual things and display very strange behaviors, similar to how someone with schizophrenia symptoms would behave. A person experiencing manic psychosis may be so active that they become delirious. This condition can cause severe symptoms such as exhaustion, and should be treated promptly.

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