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Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. It is possible to live well with schizophrenia.

Some common symptoms people experience are:

Hallucinations, which are seeing or hearing things that aren’t there.

Delusions, which are false, fixed beliefs that are held regardless of contradictory evidence.

Disorganized Thinking. A person may switch very quickly from one topic to another or provide answers that are completely unrelated.

 

Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression.

Hallucinations, which are seeing or hearing things that aren’t there.

Delusions, which are false, fixed beliefs that are held regardless of contradictory evidence.

Disorganized Thinking. A person may switch very quickly from one topic to another or provide answers that are completely unrelated.

Depressed Mood. If a person has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder depressive type they will experience feelings of sadness, emptiness, feelings of worthlessness or other symptoms of depression.

Manic Behavior. If a person has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder: bipolar type they will experience feelings of euphoria, racing thoughts, increased risky behavior and other

 

Many people with schizoaffective disorder are often incorrectly diagnosed at first with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia because it shares symptoms of multiple mental health conditions.

 

Schizoaffective disorder is seen in about 0.3% of the population. Men and women experience schizoaffective disorder at the same rate, but men often develop the illness at an earlier age. Schizoaffective disorder can be managed effectively with medication and therapy. Co-occurring substance use disorders are a serious risk and require integrated treatment.

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