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Doctor insights on: Schizoaffective Disorder Vs Depression With Psychotic Features

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As a symptom of Schizoaffective disorder and depression can it feel like someone is in your body?

As a symptom of Schizoaffective disorder and depression can it feel like someone is in your body?

Yes, schizoaffective: Disorder can manifest in hallucinations and delusions. Some can be auditory/hearing, visual, and some bodily sensations. Please continue to see your doc. Use medication but include psychotherapy for best outcome. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...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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How can voices answer ones every thought when you have Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

How can voices answer ones every thought when you have Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

Hallucinations: Everyone hallucinates (think dreams) but with psychosis it is difficult to tell whether voices are coming from inside or outside or whether they are thoughts. These "voices" are most likely your responses to your thoughts, but they may not be pleasant or what you want to hear. Tx includes both meds to reduce voices but also therapy to learn to cope with this disturbing process. ...Read more

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How can you tell where the voices are coming from when have Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

How can you tell where the voices are coming from when have Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

Very good question: That's a great question. It's thought that the SUPERIOR TEMPORAL GYRUS along with a place called Brodmann Area 42 (auditory association area in the brain) work together somehow to produce this phenomenon. It's an area of hot research since interventions could be used to target these areas and "quiet" the voices down. If you'd like to talk more about this:

Write me at www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Has there been any evidence of a connection between clinical depression and schizoaffective disorder?

Has there been any evidence of a connection between clinical depression and schizoaffective disorder?

No: Schizoaffective Disorder has many more diagnostic criteria than depression. It is basically schizophrenia where most of the episodes occur during a mood disorder (depression or bipolar). ...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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When experiencing symptoms of Schizoaffective disorder and depression can your eyes move by themself?

When experiencing symptoms of Schizoaffective disorder and depression can your eyes move by themself?

Sometimes yes: Depending on cause of depression, meds you are taking, age, genetics, patients can develop involuntary eye movements or nystagmus. See an eyeMD to see if nystagmus is truly present. More info eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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When you have Schizoaffective disorder and depression how does responding constantly to voice, feeling, hallucinations and thoughts affect your mind?

When you have Schizoaffective disorder and depression how does responding constantly to voice, feeling, hallucinations and thoughts affect your mind?

It likely means: That symptoms are not adequately treated. Ongoing psychotic & depressive symptoms that are not treated or are inadequately treated can ultimately negatively affect cognition and other psychiatric symptoms in the future. ...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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When you have Schizoaffective disorder and depression can the voices you hear sound like real people talk?

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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Can talking out of the mouth that doesn't seem like you talking with be a result from experiencing symptom of Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

Can talking out of the mouth that doesn't seem like you talking with be a result from experiencing symptom of Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

Not sure that: I understand what you are describing. I haven't had a patient report this particular symptom but it might be possible in the face of psychosis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between schizoaffective disorders and depression with psychotic features?

What's the difference between schizoaffective disorders and depression with psychotic features?

Timing: Major depression with psychosis means that the person has no psychotic symptoms when they are not depressed. On the other hand, schizoaffective disorder means the presence of even subtle psychosis between episodes of depression or mania. ...Read more

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What are the chances for a mental ill person who has had a psychotic break and did bodily harm to someone to have another one even if they are on medication. Btw she was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.?

What are the chances for a mental ill person who has had a psychotic break and did bodily harm to someone to have another one even if they are on medication. Btw she was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.?

Schizoaffective?: This can be a chronic remittent illness. Medication compliance, decreese in stress level, refraining ifrim all illicit drug use and supportive therapy can help in keeping him hopefully stable. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Schizoaffective: It belongs to the schizophrenia spectrum disorders & other psychotic disorders, according to our upcoming diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. ...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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What is the specific difference between psychotic depression and schizoaffective?

What is the specific difference between psychotic depression and schizoaffective?

Psychosis timing: For those with major depression with psychosis, the key is that the psychotic symptoms never persist after the depression goes away. Schizoaffective disorder results in psychotic symptoms occurring without and independent of depressive symptoms as well as with them. ...Read more

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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

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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

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...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