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How does a doctor test someone for schizoaffective disorder?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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