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What is schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder is an illness in which there are both severe mood swings (mania and/or depression), and some of the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia. Most of the time mania or depression mix with psychotic symptoms, but there must be at least one two-week period in which there are only psychotic symptoms without any symptoms of mania or depression.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Schizoaffective disorder is a mental illness that has attributes from both schizophrenia and a mood disorder (typically depression or bipolar disorder). It affects women more than men, but is fairly rare, occurring in about 2 to 5 people out of 1,000.

Symptoms of schizoaffective disorder can include those from depression, mania, and schizophrenia, which can make it difficult to function on a daily basis and maintain stable relationships with friends and family.
Schizoaffective disorder combines the mental confusion of schizophrenia with the extreme moods of major depression or bipolar disorder. Some people with schizoaffective disorder have bouts of major depression without mania, or the reverse. Others still have a combination of mania and depression.

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