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What are the psychotic symptoms of schizoaffective disorder?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
The psychotic symptoms of schizoaffective disorder are similar to the psychotic features of schizophrenia. Typically, psychotic features of schizoaffective disorder include hallucinations, delusions, and paranoid thoughts.

Hallucinations associated with schizoaffective disorder often include hearing and seeing things that are not real. The most common hallucination associated with both schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder is hearing voices that are not real. On occasion, some people hallucinate that things are touching them, or they may smell things that others can't.

When people have delusions, they may believe that other people can read their minds and know what they are thinking. Delusions can also take the form of paranoia. For example, people with schizoaffective disorder may believe that people on the television or radio are speaking specifically to them or may intend to do them harm.

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