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Why are different kinds of medications given for schizoaffective disorder?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A doctor prescribes medications for schizoaffective disorder based on the mood symptoms that a person experiences. Antipsychotic medications may be given to reduce psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions. Antipsychotics can also help to reduce other symptoms of schizophrenia that a person might experience, such as displaying odd behaviors, having trouble speaking, or lacking a normal range of emotions.

People with schizoaffective disorder who also have signs of mania, like not sleeping or having an elevated mood, may benefit from mood stabilizers. Mood stabilizers help to even out these high moods and can also reduce symptoms of depression when they occur. Some people with schizoaffective disorder do not experience mania, but do have symptoms of depression. For them, a combination of antipsychotic and antidepressant medication may be helpful.

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