What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?

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Schizoaffective disorder is a mental disorder in which a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania. The two types of schizoaffective disorder are:
  • Bipolar type: includes episodes of mania and sometimes major depression
  • Depressive type: includes only major depressive episodes
Though, schizoaffective disorder symptoms may vary from person to person, the most common ones may include:
  • Delusions, having false, fixed beliefs, despite evidence to the contrary
  • Hallucinations, such as hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there
  • Depression, such as feeling empty, sad or worthless
  • Periods of manic mood
  • Impaired communication, such as answering questions or giving answers that are completely unrelated
  • Impaired working and social functioning
  • Inability to keep oneself clean and physical appearance tidy
If you think someone you know may have schizoaffective disorder symptoms, talk to that person about your concerns.   Keywords: schizophrenia affective disorder
My son has this. He graduated college got associate Bachelor's degrees then he's work for 2yrs then now he will barley leave the house, I want him back he thinks he's under hypnouis
I have schizoaffective disorder. It's very hard to find motivation for any thing. I've also had his delusion that I was being controlled by demons. I moved on from this delusion with the help of my wife. She altered it by convincing me that she now has the control. That's the trick, people like me need a ground in this reality. Some one to help us see and feel what's real. By my wife's help and her (fake control), I have gone to college and received my degree. I have a job, a 17 yr. Old. And my own house. What I'm suggesting is that you feed his delusion. Pretend hypnotize him, then tell him you undid what he's been hypnotized to do. ( Wife has done this to me under the suggestion of my psychiatrist).
Schizoaffective disorder makes me feel depression. It can cause problems in my work and social life, causing loneliness and trouble holding down a job. But thanks to a support group I found online in drugs.com. It helps me make connections with others facing similar challenges. We encourage each other to face the disorder positively. Now I can cope with it calmly and I am really grateful to the friends I met in the support group. In addition, I also get a psychotherapy. I talk about my problems to my psychologist who prescribes some mood stabilizers like Carbamazepine and Lamotrigine to manage my symptoms better. He also tells me how to build relationships with others. I am very grateful to his help.