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.
Past drug abuse. per se has NO effect on symptomatology pf Schizoaffective disorders directly but MUST be taken into account when PRESCRIBING medications for such patients which may have addictive side effects!

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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...

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 [email protected] Read more...

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

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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...

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...

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

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When you have Schizoaffective disorder and depression can the voices you hear sound like real people talk?

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