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What 's the best treatment for schizoaffective disorder?

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Multidisciplinary: The best treatment is a combination of antipsychotic medications to treat psychotic symptoms and antidepressant medications to improve mood. Group or individual psychotherapy can be helpful in making goals, solving problems, and maintaining relationships. Support and work training may be helpful for work skills, money management, and maintaining independence.

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Schizoaffective: The patient will need a full psychiatric evaluation and medication, most notable antipsychotics and mood stabilizers, as schizoaffective disorder is a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression). A referral to a reputable psychotherapist is also indicated. Meds and therapy are typically the optimal combination.

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