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Doctor insights on: Autistic And Schizoaffective Disorder

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...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 presents with combined symptoms of schizophrenia (I.e., hallucinations or delusions) and a mood disorder such as major depression or bipolar disorder. For more info see the following: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000930.htm. Be well. ...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 of the 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

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Schizoaffective Disorder (Definition)

Is a psychotic disorder that involves both mood swings and psychosis, which may be either delusions or hallucinations. It differs from schizophrenia in that the mood symptoms are pronounced; and it differs from bipolar d/o and depression in that the psychosis has a pattern independent of mood state. There are two types: the bipolar type ...Read more