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Do People With Schizoaffective Disorder Have A Lot Of Psychc Pain
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
I have schizoaffective disorder and am having major problems with impulse control are meds out that can help? I spend lots of money I don't have
See a Psychiatrist: Have a good psych eval and let the doctor suggest a treatment plan. You can ask hard questions about medication(s) and side effects, w/drawal issues, interactions, etc. And you can seek alternatives, but let them prescribe. It's their responsibility, not yours and it's not easy. CBT therapy will help too and it might be very important for learning how to live better. Best wishes. ...Read more
With Treatment Good: Schizoaffective disorder is an illness characterized by disturbances in thought and mood. With treatment, which includes antipsychotic medications, antidepressant medications and psychosocial interventions, patients are able to become contributing members of society. Without treatment they will gradually spiral downward becoming more dependant. They have the highest incidence of suicide: 20-25%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Downward Spiral: Schizoaffective disorder, like schizophrenia, is a chronic debilitating mental illness. Without treatment, those who suffer from this disorder may lead lonely lives and have difficulty holding down a job or attending school. They will rely increasingly on family or public mental health services. They have the greatest risk of suicide of all psychiatric disorders with a rate of 20-25%. ...Read more
I was wondering what do people with schizoaffective disorder major in schizophrenia lack in their body?
Nothing lacking: The genetic component - which does indeed seem to play a very big role - has not to my knowledge represent a lack of a chemical or particular transmitter. I'm not sure if you were thinking of replacement/supplement treatment possibilities, but i've never heard of any thing like that. Sorry if this disappoints. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Changes in function: 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
Is schizoaffective disorder when you think other people are talking about you or saying things under their breath about you? But no hallucinations
No...maybe paranoia?: Look up schizoaffective disorder in the dsm-v (diagnostic and statistical manual of the american psychiatric association) as it give a a more complete explanation/description... But briefly, that patient has a mixture of mood disorder, usually depression, with some components of thought disorder, which could be anything from hallucinations, delusions or simply incoherence. ...Read more
Schizoaffective disorder is characterized by bipolar-like symptoms, but can people lean more one way, like just towards depression?
When you have Schizoaffective disorder and depression can the voices you hear sound like real people talk?
Yes: That is a big problem. You hear the voices as if real in your mind. No one else hears them. Most of the time the language is in the language that you are familiar with. ...Read more
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