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Doctor insights on: Autistic And Schizoaffective Disorder

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


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What is schizoaffective disorder?

What is schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective: Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenic (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings. ...Read more

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What is schizoaffective disorder?

What is schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective: Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenic (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings. ...Read more

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What is? Schizoaffective disorder?

What is? Schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder: Is a disorder of brain function. A person with schizoaffective disorder has severe changes in mood (depression or mania) and some psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. However, neither symptom complex predominates to the exclusion of the other. ...Read more

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Does schizoaffective disorder usually run in families?

Does schizoaffective disorder usually run in families?

Yes: Having a close relative with this disorder does increase risk. ...Read more

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Is Latuda (lurasidone) good for Schizoaffective disorder?

Is Latuda (lurasidone) good for Schizoaffective disorder?

Latuda (lurasidone): As effective as other psychotropics but with less negative impact on metabolic parameters. ...Read more

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Where can I find a support group for schizoaffective disorder?

Where can I find a support group for schizoaffective disorder?

NAMI: The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is a nationwide organization that does outstanding outreach for persons with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. You can do an online search of a local chapter and contact them. ...Read more

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What jobs could my brother do who has schizoaffective disorder?

What jobs could my brother do who has schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective: If your brother is being treated for his schizoaffective disorder and is compliant with this treatment, his symptoms should be under good control. With all these conditions met, he should be able to do most any job for which he's qualified. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder considered a serious mental illness?

Is schizoaffective disorder considered a serious mental illness?

Yes, it's serious: Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood. It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but requires the same types of medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and others. Prognosis for return to previous function is better than for other psychotic disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001927/. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the disabilities of a schizoaffective disorder person?

Doctors, what are the disabilities of a schizoaffective disorder person?

Schizophrenia + mood: Schizoaffective disorder is a serious mental illness that affects about one in 100 people. Schizoaffective disorder as a diagnostic entity has features that resemble both schizophrenia and also serious mood (affective) symptoms. Many of the strategies used to treat both schizophrenia and affective conditions can be employed including antipsychotic and mood because theyi have the symptoms of one. ...Read more

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How possible is it for homicide to occur with someone with schizoaffective disorder?

Homicidal ideations: Aren't common with Schizoffactive disorder. However, one might be paranoid, have delusions or have auditory hallucinations directing harm toward another. ...Read more

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What will happen to someone with schizoaffective disorder who refuses to take antipsychotics?

What will happen to someone with schizoaffective disorder who refuses to take antipsychotics?

Psychosis likely: Schizoaffective disorder is a "halfway" diagnosis between schizophrenia and a major mood disorder, eg., major depression or bipolar disorder. An antipsychotic is generally needed to control psychotic symptoms, and sometimes, though not always, will treat the mood disorder as well. (usually antidepressant or mood stabilizers are needed too.) psychosis often persists for long periods if untreated. ...Read more

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What could be some self-help techniques for organization for one with a disease such as schizoaffective disorder?

What could be some self-help techniques for organization for one with a disease such as schizoaffective disorder?

Two Books: I think that "getting things done" by david allen and the "seven habits of highly effective people" and "first things first" by steven covey are the starting point for getting organized for anyone. David allen gives you a step by step approach. Steven covey's books give you useful principles about doing what is important. You may also decide to pickup one of the covey franklin organizers... ...Read more

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Are visual hallucinations, such as shadow creatures, considered a 'common' occurence with schizoaffective disorder?

Are visual hallucinations, such as shadow creatures, considered a 'common' occurence with schizoaffective disorder?

Yes: Schizoaffective disorder is a combination of schizophrenia and affective disorder. Auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoia and other perceptual aberrations are a major component of schizophrenia. The affective part is depression and/or mania. ...Read more

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My daughter has schizoaffective disorder... Does that mean she will die sooner than someone who isn't mentally ill? :-(

My daughter has schizoaffective disorder... Does that mean she will die sooner than someone who isn't mentally ill? :-(

Schizoaffective: With proper care & tx, and with support & guidance, prognosis is more favorable. ...Read more

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I'm not scared go going psych inpatient but since being diagnosis with schizoaffective disorder afraid will be put in seriously mentally ill unit what can do?

I'm not scared go going psych inpatient but since being diagnosis with schizoaffective disorder afraid will be put in seriously mentally ill unit what can do?

OIt will be OK.: I don't think you should worry about it. Most psychiatric units are well staffed and are nowhere near the "snake pit" type of scenario where there are people who violent and out of control. With the advent of modern psychotropic medications, mental illness is no the dreaded diseases that it used to be. The serious mental illnesses are schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have schizoaffective disorder and adhd?

Could you potentially have schizoaffective disorder and adhd?

Yes, BUT: It is more likely that symptoms of schizoaffective d/o are acting like adhd

the diagnosis of adhd requires that the symptoms are not caused by another condition

If the DX of schizoaffective disorder is correct in the person you are thinking of, most people with schizoaffective d/o have significant adhd symptoms. Be very careful about stimulant use in schizoaffective d/o. ...Read more

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What can cause schizoaffective disorder?

What can cause schizoaffective disorder?

Unknown: We do not have a clear understanding of the causes of most major mental disorders, but that may be especially true for schizoaffective disorder. It is a hybrid of symptoms from schizophrenia and depression or mania--and we don't really understand the underlying causes of those either. ...Read more

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Does ECT work for Schizoaffective disorder?

Does ECT work for Schizoaffective disorder?

Yes: ECT is used to treat both depression and mania when medication treatments are not working. It has also been shown to be beneficial in schizophrenia when the psychosis is not responding to medications. ...Read more

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What medication for schizoaffective disorder?

What medication for schizoaffective disorder?

Individual: Everyone is different and there are many medications. Consultation with the psychiatrist is important! ...Read more

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How can schizoaffective disorder be treated?

How can schizoaffective disorder be treated?

Medications: Schizoaffective disorder has prominent mood problems as well as psychosis, so several types of medications may be needed--antipsychotics, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. They can markedly reduce overall symptoms and improve quality of life when they work but also can produce side effects that can make patients reluctant to stay on the medications. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of schizoaffective disorder?

What are symptoms of schizoaffective disorder?

Mood/psychosis: By definition, individuals with this disorder have changes in mood (mania or depression) and changes in reality testing (hallucinations, delusions, impaired thinking). The exact presentation varies, depending on the severity of the symptoms, but it typically is quite impairing. ...Read more

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What are the tests for schizoaffective disorder?

What are the tests for schizoaffective disorder?

Clinical diagnosis: Schizoaffective disorder is a clinical diagnosis; there are no labs tests. One is looking for a pattern of disturbances in both mood (depression, mania, or a mixture of both) and impaired reality testing (hallucinations, delusions, problems with thought processes). Both types of symptoms need to be prominent over time. ...Read more

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Could I get advice for schizoaffective disorder?

Bipolar/depressive/: Schizoaffective Disorder uninterrupted period of illness with a major mood episode(major depression/mania) concurent with Schiizophrenia Criteria A. Delusions & Hallucinations for 2 or more wks in absence of a major mood diisorder (depresion/mania). Symptoms meet a major mood episode for lifetime of illness. Not due to substance abuse, medication, or medical condition. Types Bipolar/Depressive. ...Read more

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Can one get better from schizoaffective disorder?

Can one get better from schizoaffective disorder?

Serious, Chronic: Schizoaffective disorder is a challenging condition to live with. But having a strong network — family, friends — is a huge factor in how well people diagnosed with it are able to manage their symptoms and live well. Of course, access to quality healthcare also significant — healthcare that includes medications and a psychiatrist to help you manage them, as well as a skilled therapist. ...Read more

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Can people recover from schizoaffective disorder?

Yes and no: Like many psychotic disorders, the goal usually is remission of symptoms; there is no "cure." however, these individuals often respond well to available medications. They typically require treatment both of their psychosis (antipsychotics) and of their depression or mania (antidepressants or mood stabilizers). They are at risk for symptom return, especially if they stop treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder?

What are the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder: Is a disorder of brain function. A person with schizoaffective disorder has severe changes in mood (depression or mania) and some psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. However, neither symptom complex predominates to the exclusion of the other. ...Read more

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What are some options for Schizoaffective disorder?

Many: No specific answer can be provided to you over the computer as this disorder is important to be followed and treated by a trained psychiatrist to provide you with a multidisciplinary approach to treatment including therapy and medications, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of having schizoaffective disorder?

Psychosis and mood : Schizoaffective disorder is the combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder. Symptoms include chronic hallucinations and delusions accompanied by manic and or depressive episodes. ...Read more

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I need to know anything about schizoaffective disorder?

I need to know anything about schizoaffective disorder?

Check Out Web-site: Schizoaffective disorder is a psychiatric illness that has both disturbances in mood and reality testing. There are a number of good references with information regarding schizoaffective disorder. The national institute of mental health has comprehensive information including definition, diagnosis, possible causes, epidemiology, treatment and course of the illness. www.nimh.nih.org. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Schizoaffective Disorder (Definition)

A psychotic disorder that involves both mood swings and psychosis, which may be either delusions or hallucinations. There are two types: the bipolar type ...Read more