Schizoaffective disorder

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Signs of schizophrenia disorder to observe

Seek medical help right away if you or someone you know is experiencing signs of Schizoaffective disorder.

Symptoms include:

  • Bizarre delusions
  • Hallucinations (visual and/or auditory)
  • Thought insertion
  • Thought broadcast
  • Thought withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Mania: sudden increase in energy
  • Problems with communication
  • Odd behavior
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Inability to correctly perform routine daily activities

Causes

  • The exact root cause is unknown. Several factors contribute to the condition:
  • Genetic predisposition: an increased tendency to develop the condition may be inherited
  • Brain chemistry changes
  • The risk factors include:
  • Having family history of close relative with schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
  • Psychoactive drugs are linked to the development of schizoaffective disorder
  • Stressful events such as death, divorce can trigger the symptoms

Prevention

There is no assured way to prevent schizoaffective disorder

  • Control stressful events
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Get early treatment to prevent relapses and need for hospitalization
  • avoid consumption of psychotropic substances

Complications

Uncontrolled for prolonged period may lead to complications such as:

  • Increased risk of suicidal attempts
  • Social isolation
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Family and interpersonal issues
  • Developing alcohol and other substance abuse issue

Types of schizoaffective disorder

Schizoaffective disorder has both psychotic and mood disorder symptoms, and there are several types of schizoaffective disorder, just as there are several types of mood disorders:

Manic type:

This kind of psychosis includes both psychotic and manic symptoms in a single episode.

Depressive type

During this sort of episode, both psychotic and depressed symptoms occur at the same time. Signs of schizophrenia disorder to observe

Mixed type:

This type includes both manic and depressive symptoms, as well as psychotic signs. The psychotic symptoms, on the other hand, are unrelated to the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

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