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How is schizoaffective disorder diagnosed?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder is made after a full medical, emotional, and behavioral evaluation. A psychiatrist or psychologist is often the most qualified person to diagnose schizoaffective disorder. The doctor will look for the following symptoms of schizoaffective disorder:

• Symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions
• Symptoms of a mood disorder, such as depression, mania, or a combination of the two
• Psychotic symptoms that do not appear to be caused by schizophrenia

The doctor will also want to find out if there are any relatives in your family who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or a mood disorder. These illnesses often have a genetic component, and it will be important to identify if there is any family history. If you are diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, treatment is available, and most people with schizoaffective disorder do better than those who are only diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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