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Why would i be freaken out about getting a diagnosis of schizoaffective do when i accepted the fact i had a thought do and psychosis? It seems so much worse

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In brief: Doesn't have to be

Schizoaffective disorder essentially means that a person has both mood (depressive and/or manic) symptoms and psychotic symptoms, and that the psychotic symptoms (like thought disorder, delusions, or hallucinations) sometimes occur separately from the mood symptoms.
It may require taking antidepressants and/or mood stabilizers as well as antipsychotics, but often possible to live a normal life.

In brief: Doesn't have to be

Schizoaffective disorder essentially means that a person has both mood (depressive and/or manic) symptoms and psychotic symptoms, and that the psychotic symptoms (like thought disorder, delusions, or hallucinations) sometimes occur separately from the mood symptoms.
It may require taking antidepressants and/or mood stabilizers as well as antipsychotics, but often possible to live a normal life.
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: It is difficult to

Accept having one or more psychiatric conditions.
But, in some ways, it can be reassuring to have an answer for why things are occurring in your life. Once, you have accepted a diagnosis it can be very unsettling to have the diagnosis changed. Just to clarify - thought disorder/ psychosis are part of schizoaffective disorder. It is actually beneficial to have the diagnosis nailed down further as >.

In brief: It is difficult to

Accept having one or more psychiatric conditions.
But, in some ways, it can be reassuring to have an answer for why things are occurring in your life. Once, you have accepted a diagnosis it can be very unsettling to have the diagnosis changed. Just to clarify - thought disorder/ psychosis are part of schizoaffective disorder. It is actually beneficial to have the diagnosis nailed down further as >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine

In brief: Diagnosis

Accepting is a process.
Damage that is done by giving diagnosis is only recently recognized , no easy answer to this. We need to have supportive environments in these situations .I'm sending you an article about being told you have a disease: http://ucsdnews.Ucsd.Edu/pressrelease/when_a_doctors_visit_is_a_guilt_trip?Utm_campaign=thisweek;utm_medium=email;utm_source=tw-2014-01-16.

In brief: Diagnosis

Accepting is a process.
Damage that is done by giving diagnosis is only recently recognized , no easy answer to this. We need to have supportive environments in these situations .I'm sending you an article about being told you have a disease: http://ucsdnews.Ucsd.Edu/pressrelease/when_a_doctors_visit_is_a_guilt_trip?Utm_campaign=thisweek;utm_medium=email;utm_source=tw-2014-01-16.
Dr. Brian Lynch
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