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Schizoaffective Disorder

What is Schizoaffective Disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder is a condition characterized by both psychosis and mood disorder.

Psychotic Symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder

Psychotic symptoms refer to symptoms that constitute a loss of contact with reality. The most common psychotic symptoms are hearing voices or seeing things that are not present and false, fixed beliefs.

Mood Disorder Symptoms of Schizoaffective disorder

Mood disorder symptoms include very low or very high mood with sleep disturbances, changes in energy and appetite, disrupted concentration, and generally poor daily function.

 

What Causes Schizoaffective Disorder?

The exact cause of the schizoaffective disorder is unknown.

Symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder

The most common clinical symptoms of schizoaffective disorder are:

  • Elevated, inflated, or depressed mood
  • Irritability and poor temper control
  • Changes in appetite, energy, sleep
  • Hearing Voices
  • Seeing things that are not present
  • Paranoia
  • Lack of concern with hygiene, grooming
  • Disorganized and illogical speech

Can Schizoaffective Disorder be Treated?

Yes. Treatment of people with schizoaffective disorder varies. It usually involves medications to stabilize mood and to treat psychosis. Neuroleptic medications are used to treat psychotic symptoms. In some cases, antidepressants may be needed.

Schizoaffective disorder may reappear. Long-term treatment is usually necessary.

Complications of Schizoaffective Disorder

Complications of schizoaffective disorder include:

  • Problems complying with therapeutic regimens
  • Abuse of substances in an attempt to self-medicate
  • Problems resulting from manic behavior
  • Suicidal behavior

 

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