Understanding Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective Disorder

August 23, 2010

Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective Disorder is a mental disorder that has the two main features; loss of contact with reality and moodiness.  This disorder affects the brain in which it distorts the way a person thinks, acts, and perceives reality.  Schizoaffective Disorder is a type of mental illness and usually stems from mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Schizoaffective disorder is a life-long illness.  For someone affected by the disorder, it can affect their daily lives and if untreated, can make it almost unbearable at times.  Though the disorder does not have a cure, it can be controlled with the proper treatments.

Signs and symptoms:

1)      Delusions.  This is very common among those suffering from schizoaffective disorder.

2)      Disorganized thinking.

3)      Those with this disease oftentimes have poor appetites.

4)      Weight loss or gain.

5)      Agitation.  Those with schizoaffective disorder are often very easily agitated.

6)      Lack of energy.

7)      Inability to think or remain focused.

8)      Thoughts of suicide or obsession with the death of themselves.

There are treatments that are available for those suffering from this form of disease.  They include medications, psychotherapy and if needed hospitalization.

There is no known cause or prevention for schizoaffective disorder.  Early diagnosis can help provide the treatment necessary to prevent continued hospitalization.  Though no cure is available, seeking treatment may lead to a more normal lifestyle.