Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective disorder is where a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, as well as mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania. Symptoms can be severe and need to be monitored closely. Symptoms may include:

  • Hallucinations: seeing or hearing things that aren’t there
  • Delusions: fixed, false beliefs that are held regardless of contradictory evidence
  • Disorganized thinking: switching quickly from one topic to another or provide answers that are completely unrelated to the question asked
  • Depressed mood: feelings of sadness, emptiness, worthlessness or other symptoms of depression (see above)
  • Manic behavior:  feelings of euphoria, racing thoughts, increased risky behavior or other symptoms of mania (see Bipolar above)