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What is a more serious illness bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?

What is a more serious illness bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?

No simple answer b/c: It depends on the person and the severity of the disorder. Persons with bipolar I can be psychotic as are individuals w/ schizoaffective disorder, which means a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder. All things being equal, the person with schizoaffective disorder with bipolar characteristics is likely to have more mental health problems. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type? With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type? With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can happen..: If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the personality becomes so fragile it detaches from reality. Add to this genetic vulnerabilities that are not apparent to people in the family. Many reasons abuse in families can make it difficult to get all the data. Environment and genes are key. ...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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My chart reads bipolar vs Schizoaffective disorder. What does this mean?

My chart reads bipolar vs Schizoaffective disorder. What does this mean?

These are both: Disorders that effect mood. With 400 characters or less - I could not do your question justice. This is such an important issue - please ask your therapist or doctor to sit down with you to discuss your diagnostic assessment to date. Educating and keeping the patient informed is an important part of treatment. I would encourage you to write down your questions & then ask your provider. Take care. ...Read more

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Is the medication for bipolar disorder the same as that of schizoaffective disorder?

Is the medication for bipolar disorder the same as that of schizoaffective disorder?

Similar medications: 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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Can celexa (citalopram) treat schizoaffective disorder and bipolar medication problems?

Can celexa (citalopram) treat schizoaffective disorder and bipolar medication problems?

Your? Is unclear: Celexa (citalopram) shows no evidence of being effective in schizoaffective or bipolar disorder. No antidepressant is approved for either of these conditions on its own. Having said that, I am going to say antidepressant medication is frequently used in these conditions, sometimes successfully, but often not. Given the amount of time that people with these conditions spend in depression, it is not surprising people are often given antidepressants in the hope that they may be one of those lucky people who will respond beneficially to their effects. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar disorder w/ psychosis, is this similar to schizoaffective disorder?

What to do if I have bipolar disorder w/ psychosis, is this similar to schizoaffective disorder?

Similar: Bipolar disorder with psychosis shows resolution of the psychosis with treatment and periods of no psychosis without antipsychotic treatment. Schizoaffective disorder shows relapse into psychosis when antipsychotic meds are stopped. Functioning is often lower than in bipolar disorder and it can resemble schizophrenia. Dissociative identity disorder can mimic schizoaffective disorder. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a condition in it's own right? Or is it basically two different illnesses in the one patient (schizophrenia and bipolar)?

Is schizoaffective disorder a condition in it's own right? Or is it basically two different illnesses in the one patient (schizophrenia and bipolar)?

Considered one: It is currently considered one disorder. I find the diagnosis to be used as somewhat of a 'catchall' category professionally. I usually try to refine this diagnosis in my work with people. ...Read more

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Schizoaffective disorder is characterized by bipolar-like symptoms, but can people lean more one way, like just towards depression?

Schizoaffective disorder is characterized by bipolar-like symptoms, but can people lean more one way, like just towards depression?

Yes: The distinguishing feature of schizoaffective vs bipolar disorder is the persistence of psychotic symptoms (delusions, hallucinations, etc) even when mood issues are not present. Affectively, one could be more frequently depressed than manic or hypomanic. ...Read more

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Could I have schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar disorder, and borderline personality disorder?

Yes, almost: Officially, according to the diagnostic manual, it is possible to have schizoaffective disorder-bipolar type and borderline personality disorder-both at once. One is a problem with your mood and your thoughts called psychosis and the other has to do with how you cope with stress and the trials and tribulations of life in general. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the different between schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar, and borderline personality disorder?

What's the different between schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar, and borderline personality disorder?

They are different: Bipolar disorder refers to a group of conditions whose major feature is some form of depression and/or mania. It remits and returns spontaniously. Schizoaffective disorder follows a similar pattern but includes symptoms like hallucinations. Borderline personality disorder does not come and go and involves a pattern of stormy complex relationships with others and other symptoms. ...Read more

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My mother has bi polar, schizoaffective disorder, lupus, chronic fatigue. I have too many questions but would very much so like to understand.

Too complex.: Sounds like your mom has many unfortunate illnesses. Your question can't be answered online. Please try to accompany your mom if possible to her doctor visits. I'm sure the docs won't mins and will likely be pleased to answer them. ...Read more

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How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?

How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?

Good: Abilify (aripiprazole) is an excellent medication. However, as good as any medication is it must be matched with a persons medical condition, diagnosis, and symptoms. This is a discussion which you should have with your doctor who knows these things about you. ...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?

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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Can saint john's wort be helpful when used for treatment of schizoaffective disorder?

Can saint john's wort be helpful when used for treatment of schizoaffective disorder?

No: There are a few medications tat are effective, st. Johns wart is not one of them. ...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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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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Which tests are available for schizoaffective bipolar I disorder?

Tests? No Help? Yes!: Have you been diagnosed? Mostly, this fairly rare diagnosis is made by listening to the persons description. Talk with the doctor about how they came to this conclusion and your thoughts/feelings about it. Many, if not most mental/emotional disorders are lacking objective, biologically based definitive tests. It makes it hard for you and the doctor - so work together on both diagnosis & treatment. ...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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