What is Schizoaffective Disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder is the condition where someone experiences both schizophrenia symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, as well as mood disorder symptoms, such as depression and mania.
The symptoms one experiences can vary. People with the condition can experience different mood disorder symptoms such as bipolar disorder symptoms of depression symptoms. Additionally, the schizophrenia and mood disturbances may occur simultaneously, or they can occur on and off interchangeably. Schizoaffective disorder usually functions in cycles that go from severe symptoms to an improvement period, with less severe symptoms.
Symptoms of schizoaffective disorder may include, among others:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Periods of sudden increase in energy, manic mood, or out of character behavior
  • Occupational and social functioning problems
  • Major depressed mood episodes
  • Cleanliness and physical appearance problems
  • Paranoid ideas and thoughts

If you or a loved one is living with schizoaffective disorder, call us at 512-382-6661 or visit our enrolling studies page to see if they qualify!
Source: NAMI.org Photo: Friends of the People & LeeMemorial


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Dr Roy Kedem, MD

Dr Zenon Andreou studied medicine at University College London, graduating in 2006. His postgraduate training was in hospitals in and around London and he trained for four years in Otolaryngology before completing his training in General practice

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