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Schizoaffective Disorder Vs Schizophrenia
No: By definition, there is a difference. Schizophrenia is characterized by psychosis which is when a person experiences hallucinations and/or delusions. A mood component is not part of such a clinical picture. Schizoaffective d/o is when a person has a major mood disorder and has also had periods of psychosis during times when they had no disturbance of their mood. There's bipolar & depressed types. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more
Mood symptoms: Both disorders have prominent distortions of reality, with hallucination, delusions, and problems with thought processes. However, schizoaffective disorder also has prominent mood symptoms, depresison or mania, that occur in the same timeframe. Schizophrenia can have some associated mood disturbance, but usually not during the episode. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They're similar: Officially, schizophrenia is a thought disorder characterized by psychosis which consists of hallucinations and/or delusions. Schizoaffective disorder is when a person fulfills diagnostic criteria for a mood disorder plus has periods of psychosis during times when the mood disorder symptoms are not present. There are two types of schizoaffective, bipolar & depressed types. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How likely it is for homicide to occur during an "episode" when someone has schizoaffective disorder/schizophrenia?
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
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
How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?
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
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
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