What Are the Symptoms of Schizoaffective?

Q:
What are the symptoms of schizoaffective?

A:
In brief, schizoaffective disorder is a mental disorder. The patient experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.

There are two types of this disorder:

  • Bipolar type, which includes mania and depression
  • Depressive type, which includes only major depressive episodes

In addition to different types, symptoms of the disorder may vary greatly from one person to another. But here are some common ones:

Schizophrenia symptoms

  • Delusions (strange beliefs that the person refuses to give up, even when they get the facts)
  • Hallucinations (sensing things that aren’t real, such as hearing voices)
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Odd or unusual behavior
  • Slow movements or not moving at all
  • Lack of emotion in facial expression and speech
  • Poor motivation
  • Problems with speech and communication

Depression symptoms

  • Poor appetite
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Sleeping very little or a lot
  • Being very restless
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
  • Guilt or self-blame
  • Trouble with thinking or concentration
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Mania symptoms

  • Being more active than usual, including at work, in your social life, or sexually
  • Rapid or racing thoughts
  • Little need for sleep
  • Agitation
  • Being full of yourself
  • Being easily distracted
  • Self-destructive or dangerous behavior (such as going on spending sprees, driving recklessly, or having risky sex)

When people suffer from the condition, he may have the symptoms of all the three types. If you notice yourself or your loved one have the signs above, you should call the doctor for help as soon as possible.

 

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