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Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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3 doctors agree

In brief: No

In schizoaffective disorder, though, there are also times when there is mania and/or depression along with the hallucinations or delusions.

In brief: No

In schizoaffective disorder, though, there are also times when there is mania and/or depression along with the hallucinations or delusions.
Dr. James Saccomando
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Schizoaffective

Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenia (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings.

In brief: Schizoaffective

Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenia (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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