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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Schizoaffective Disorder (Overview)

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 and the depressive type.


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How does a person with schizoaffective disorder live a sort of normal life?

Medication: There are several medications that can effectively treat the symptoms and allow the individual to lead a quality life. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
112 doctors shared insights

Schizoaffective Disorder (Overview)

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 and the depressive type.


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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 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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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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Will it be possible for me to live a normal life with schizoaffective disorder?

That depends on you!: You can choose to learn everything you can about your illness and work with a psychiatrist to control the illness rather than letting it control you ---- or not. ...Read more

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What screening questions are used to diagnosis schizoaffective disorder?

What screening questions are used to diagnosis schizoaffective disorder?

Diagnostic Criteria: Schizoaffective disorder can appear surprisingly similar to several other conditions including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, brief psychotic disorder, delusional disorder, and substance-induced psychotic disorder. Screening questions should be designed to provide the examiner information regarding the diagnostic criteria found in the dsm-iv-tr. ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose schizoaffective disorder?

How long does it take to diagnose schizoaffective disorder?

It depends: This depends on the reliability of the patient, other sources of history (such as medical records documenting past episodes of illness, results from medication trials, etc), and following the person over time -- past the point where mood is stable. If you can't get to that point, you don't know whether psychosis is present without mood episode -- thus it make take longer to firm up the diagnosis. ...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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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Maintain cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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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 lab 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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