Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective disorder is a combination of symptoms of schizophrenia and mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Symptoms may occur at the same time or at different times.
Cycles of severe symptoms are often followed by periods of improvement. Symptoms may include delusions, hallucinations, depressed episodes, and manic periods of high energy.
People with this disorder generally do best with a combination of medications and counseling.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: PW193
Diagnosis: Schizoaffective Disorder-Much of the Wikipedia article dealt with the validity of this particular diagnosis.
US Patients: 0.5-.0.8 (less than 1)% sometime in their lives
World Patients:
Sex Ratio: M;W+. More women in depressive; about even numbers in bipolar areas.
Age Onset: 30% between ages 25 and 35.
Brain Area: abnormal thoughts, unstable mood; psychotic symptoms for two weeks without any mood disorders. IT’s often misdiagnosed.
Symptoms: Bipolar has mania; hypomania and mixed episode vs. depressive only. May have hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech and
Progression: thinking. May include audiotory hasllucinations.
Causes: Genetics under environmental stresses; age of the father at conception; pot and other substance abuses may be factors as well.
Medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers and antidepressants; electroconvulsive therapy for severe and resistant symptoms.
Therapies: Returning the patient to do the normal activities of life along with vocational rehabilitation.


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