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What 's the best treatment for schizoaffective disorder?

What 's the best treatment for schizoaffective disorder?

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. ...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


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What would doctors recommend as treatment for schizoaffective disorder?

What would doctors recommend as treatment for schizoaffective disorder?

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. ...Read more

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What is the therapy treatment for schizoaffective disorder?

What is the therapy treatment for schizoaffective disorder?

Medications: Schizoaffective disorder can be hard to treat. Typically, antipsychotic medicatoins are needed to help with the psychosis, and then antidepressants or mood stabilizers or both may be needed to help with the disturbance in mood. Over time, the specific symptoms may change, and sometimes one class of drugs makes other symptoms worse. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for schizoaffective disorder?

Medications: Schizoaffective disorder can be hard to treat. Typically, antipsychotic medicatoins are needed to help with the psychosis, and then antidepressants or mood stabilizers or both may be needed to help with the disturbance in mood. Over time, the specific symptoms may change, and sometimes one class of drugs makes other symptoms worse. ...Read more

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How can you treat depression with home remedies when you are experiencing symptoms of Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

How can you treat depression with home remedies when you are experiencing symptoms of Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

Please don't use: home remedies to treat schizoaffective disorder. Lifestyle changes can be helpful but do so under the care of a professional. Medication alone is not always the answer. Get some psychotherapy also. Peace and good health. ...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

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What medications do you take for schizoaffective disorder?

What medications do you take for schizoaffective disorder?

Several: Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental illness where both psychosis (breaks from reality, delusions, hallucinations) and mood symptoms are prominent.

Treatment is antipsychotic medications for psychotic symptoms and mood stabilizers or antidepressants for mood symptoms. Sometimes only one agent is needed.

The choice of one agent over another is based on which symptoms are more prominent. ...Read more

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Why medications can be given for schizoaffective disorder?

Why medications can be given for schizoaffective disorder?

Because they help: 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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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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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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How possible is it for homicide to occur with someone with schizoaffective disorder?

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 an other. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's schizoaffective disorder?

Mood Disorder: This is a diagnosis that combines a major mood disorder (depressive or bipolar) along with episodes of psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, paranoia, delusions). ...Read more

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How does a doctor test someone for schizoaffective disorder?

How does a doctor test someone for schizoaffective disorder?

Clinical Diagnosis: Schizoaffective disorder is a blend of symptoms that straddle affective disorders (depression/mania) and schizophrenia. Doctors look for a history of prominent symptoms of each that seem to be independent, rather than one causing the other. Psychosis (hallucinations, delusions, poor reality testing) and marked symptoms of depression, mania, or both are keys to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can a doctor know if someone has schizoaffective disorder?

How can a doctor know if someone has schizoaffective disorder?

Interview: The diagnosis is made based on a clinical interview with a physician familiar with the diagnosis. There are no blood tests for this disorder. ...Read more

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

More symptoms: For a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, one needs to have symptoms consistent with schizophrenia at one point as well as bipolar disorder at a different point in the same episode of illness. This can be tough to sort out unless you are seeing the same physician throughout the whole time. ...Read more

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For what reason has diagnosis been changed from bipolar to schizoaffective disorder?

For what reason has diagnosis been changed from bipolar to schizoaffective disorder?

There may be: Psychotic symptoms that are occurring in the absence of a mood disorder episode (not depressed or manic). ...Read more

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How does past drug abuse affect symptoms from Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

How does past drug abuse affect symptoms from Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

Depends on patient: Schizoaffective disorder is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal though processes and deregulated emotions. The dx is made with the pt has features of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder like bipolar or depression but does not strictly meet the diagnostic criteria for either alone. The affect of genetics, environmental factors, drugs on the neurobiology of this disorder are complex. ...Read more

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What symptoms are different in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder? Is one a disease of the brain, other disorder?

What symptoms are different in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder? Is one a disease of the brain, other disorder?

Both brain disease: Both of these illnesses are "brain diseases, " and both have psychotic symptoms such as delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, thought disorder, etc. Schizoaffective patients also have mood dysregulation, but pure schizophrenics don't. Treatment for schizophrenia may be antipsychotics alone; schizoaffective people also need mood stabilizing agents. They may deal with mania & depression, + psychosis. ...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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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 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 behaviours does schizoaffective disorder people have?

What behaviours does schizoaffective disorder people have?

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

Dr. Randy Baker
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Medicinal Herbs (Definition)

Medicinal herbs is a term used to describe plants that either have or are believed ...Read more