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  • Schizoaffective disorder

    Schizoaffective disorder symptoms look like a mixture of two kinds of major mental illnesses that are usually thought to run in different families, involve different brain mechanisms, develop in different ways, and respond to different treatments: mood (affective) disorders and schizophrenia. Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression. Schizoaffective disorder can be managed effectively with medication and therapy. Co-occurring substance use disorders are a serious risk and require integrated treatment.

  • Schizoaffective disorder

    Typical symptoms
    Signs and symptoms of schizoaffective disorder may include, among others: Delusions having false, fixed beliefs Hallucinations, such as hearing voices, Major depressed mood episodes, Possible periods of manic mood or a sudden increase in energy and behavioral displays that are out of character Impaired occupational and social functioning Problems with cleanliness and physical appearance Paranoid thoughts and ideas.

  • Schizoaffective disorder

    Therapeutic aspects
    Delusions or hallucinations for two or more weeks in the absence of a major mood episode. Symptoms that meet criteria for a major mood episode are present for the majority of the total duration of the illness. The abuse of drugs or a medication are not responsible for the symptoms. The abuse of drugs or a medication are not responsible for the symptoms. Schizoaffective disorder is treated and managed in several ways: Medications, including mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications and antidepressants Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or family-focused therapy Self-management strategies and education.

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