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What are the tests for schizoaffective disorder?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Schizoaffective

Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenic (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings.
There are really no "tests" to determine such a diagnosis. Rather, a full evaluation by a seasoned psychiatrist is the best way to go.

In brief: Schizoaffective

Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenic (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings.
There are really no "tests" to determine such a diagnosis. Rather, a full evaluation by a seasoned psychiatrist is the best way to go.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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