Schizoaffective Disorder is an illness in which the patient has symptoms of both Schizophrenia and a major mood disorder at the same time. Patients with Schizoaffective Disorder experience a combination of symptoms associated with both diseases.
There are currently two types of Schizoaffective disorder:
- Bipolar type
- Depressive type
The Bipolar type is where the patient has symptoms of a Manic or Mixed and/or a Depressive episode with his/her psychotic symptoms.
The Depressive type is where the patient has only the symptoms of a Major Depressive Disorder with his/her psychotic symptoms.
Some symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder include:
- auditory/visual hallucinations
- unusual thought content
- emotional withdrawal
- blunted affect
- inability to express pleasure
- attention difficulties.