What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?

Q:
What is schizoaffective disorder?

A:
Schizoaffective disorder is a mental disorder in which a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.

The two types of schizoaffective disorder are:

  • Bipolar type: includes episodes of mania and sometimes major depression
  • Depressive type: includes only major depressive episodes

Though, schizoaffective disorder symptoms may vary from person to person, the most common ones may include:

  • Delusions, having false, fixed beliefs, despite evidence to the contrary
  • Hallucinations, such as hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there
  • Depression, such as feeling empty, sad or worthless
  • Periods of manic mood
  • Impaired communication, such as answering questions or giving answers that are completely unrelated
  • Impaired working and social functioning
  • Inability to keep oneself clean and physical appearance tidy

If you think someone you know may have schizoaffective disorder symptoms, talk to that person about your concerns.

 

Keywords: schizophrenia affective disorder

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