What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?
A person who has schizoaffective disorder experiences symptoms of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder (major depressive, manic, or mixed episode). The disorder is seen all over the world, affecting 2 to 5 in 1,000 people (0.2 – 0.5 % of the population).
Once properly diagnosed, schizoaffective disorder can be managed. With a combination of treatment that may include medication and psychosocial interventions, many people with schizoaffective disorder are able to participate in daily activities and live productive and meaningful lives.
Diagnosing Schizoaffective Disorder
The symptoms of schizoaffective disorder include:
- A significant period of time when symptoms of psychosis and mood (either mania, depression, or both) are experienced at the same time
- At least 2 weeks of hallucinations and delusions without any mood symptoms; however, mood symptoms are present for a substantial portion of the illness