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Dr. Z, Psychologist
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Experience:  Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology with a background in treating severe mental illnesses.
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I am curious. I am diagnosed OKMH531233

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I am curious. I am diagnosed schizoaffective, bipolar type and I don't remember ever being manic before. Although, I have been hypomanic, I remember being strapped down in 5 point restraints in the hospital a couple of times. Did they consider me manic then? I didn't. I think I had valid concerns and requests.

You're probably wondering why I don't just ask my pdoc. I am scared to death of my pdoc.

Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.
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Hello again, I believe I can help you with your question. Just because you may not have experienced mania, it does not mean the Schizoaffective Disorder Bipolar Type is not accurate because even with a hypomanic episode, that is enough to meet the criteria for a Bipolar Disorder and Bipolar subtype when associated with Schizoaffective Disorder. I cannot tell you exactly if you met the criteria for Mania or Hypomania during your evaluation process as you have not told me your symptoms/behavior at that time and also I was not there to see your behavior either. Still even if this was a Hypomanic or Manic Episode, the Bipolar subtype would still fit.
I hope this answers your question and provides you with some guidance on this issue.
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