Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not typically diagnosed in individuals so young. Young people can develop these disorders but it’s relatively rare. Many mental health professionals are also resistant to diagnosing children and teenagers with these disorders.
Schizophrenia is a thought disorder. It involves having a break with reality. Delusions and hallucinations are common symptoms.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder. Individuals with bipolar disorder describe sometimes feeling euphorically happy and sometimes feeling very sad and depressed. Some people have described it as an emotional roller coaster.
Your symptoms are more characteristic of schizophrenia than bipolar disorder but only an in-person, thorough mental health evaluation could properly determine a diagnosis. Your significant lack of sleep could also be playing a role in your symptoms.
You mentioned being homeschooled because of your social phobia. If you avoided school because of your social phobia and were no longer forced to attend, it probably made your anxiety worse. When your social phobia developed, it should have been promptly treated.
Undoubtedly, your symptoms are concerning. If you’ve never been evaluated by a mental health professional, then you should do so immediately. You didn’t mention whether you’ve talked to your parents about your symptoms. If not, you should. Your symptoms are getting worse not better. They require treatment from professionals. Medication may be able to help, especially with sleep. Ask your parents for their assistance and request that they take you to see a mental health professional. With the right treatment, you can manage your symptoms and significantly improve the quality of your life. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle