n Mental Health Matters - Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders schizoaffective disorder




Schizoaffective Disorder is a condition in which a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms - such as hallucinations or delusions - and mood disorder symptoms, such as mania or depression. Individuals who have schizoaffective disorder may often be wrongly diagnosed as having either schizophrenia or bipolar mood disorder because of the overlapping symptoms. One of the criteria's for diagnosing schizoaffective disorder, is that a major mood episode (either mania or major depression) must be present for the majority of the illness. If these mood episodes are only temporary in relation to the other symptoms, then it is more likely that the individual has schizophrenia.


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