Schizoaffective Disorder is a combination of two illnesses i.e. Schizophrenia and Mood Disorder. This disorder usually begins in the late teens or early adulthood i.e. between the ages of 16 and 30. It occurs slightly more in women than in men and is rare in children.
I was just thinking about the people who are suffering from Schizoaffective Disorder. How can one live life with this disorder?
Depression – It refers to a state of more than feeling sad, unhappy and miserable and down in the dumps. Depression further leads to
- Poor Appetite
- Weight loss or gain
- Sleeping disturbances
- Feeling restless
- Lack of energy
- Feeling worthless and hopeless
- Guilt or Self blame
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Inability to think or concentrate
Mania – It refers to a state of excitement characterized by mental and physical hyperactivity, disorganization of behavior, and elevation of mood. It further leads to
- Speaking so fast that others can’t understand or interrupt
- Strange or Unusual Thoughts
- Problem in sleep
- Dangerous behavior
- Inflated self esteem
Schizophrenia – It is a serious mental illness characterized by the symptoms of thought, behavior and social problems. It leads to
- Delusions i.e. False Beliefs like someone is trying to harm you
- Hallucinations i.e. seeing or hearing things that are not present
- Disorganized thinking
- Odd or unusual behavior
- Slow movements or total immobility
- Lack of emotion in facial expression and speech
- Poor motivation
- Problems with speech and communication
People suffering with Schizoaffective Disorder have to face many of these challenges and more! These conditions may ruin the life of a person completely or partially. If you or someone you know has Schizoaffective Disorder, it should be treated as soon as possible otherwise it may lead to serious problems.
Listed below are some clinical trials investigating new treatments for Schizoaffective Disorder.