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Is schizoaffective disorder considered a serious mental illness?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: Yes, it's serious

Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood.
It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but requires the same types of medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and others. Prognosis for return to previous function is better than for other psychotic disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001927/.

In brief: Yes, it's serious

Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood.
It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but requires the same types of medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and others. Prognosis for return to previous function is better than for other psychotic disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001927/.
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