What is Schizoaffective Disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder is the love child of schizophrenia and a mood disorder. Thats right, its twice the fight. In my case, the mood disorder involved is major depressive disorder. Having this diagnosis means you experience symptoms of schizophrenia and a mood disorder (either depression or bipolar disorder). Here are some common symptoms associated with schizoaffective disorder.

Schizophrenia symptoms:

Hallucinations

Delusions

Confused thoughts/speech

Trouble concentrating

Depressive symptoms:

Sadness

Irritability

Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed

Withdrawal from social activities

Disrupted sleep

Fatigue

Changes in appetite

Thoughts of suicide

Mania symptoms:

Being more active than usual

Talking more/faster

Racing thoughts

Decreased need for sleep

Agitation

Being full of yourself

Being easily distracted

Dangerous/self-destructive behavior

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