Schizoaffective Disorder

What is Schizoaffective Disorder?

Schizoaffective Disorder is a mental illness that has some symptoms of mood disorders (affective) like depression or mania, and some symptoms of schizophrenia (psychosis), either at the same time or within a few days of each other.

Like other mental health issues, diagnosis can be complicated. Schizoaffective Disorder’s symptoms overlap with Schizophrenia and other mood disorders. A diagnosis can be changeable. There has been some disagreement about whether Schizoaffective Disorder is best understood as a type of Schizophrenia or a type of mood disorder.

About 1 in 200 people develops Schizoaffective Disorder at some time during their life. Schizoaffective Disorder usually begins in late adolescence or early adulthood, often between the ages of 16 and 30. More women than men tend to experience schizoaffective disorder.

Medication combined with social supports and talking therapies can be effective in treating Schizoaffective Disorder.

 

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