Schizoaffective Disorder

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Schizoaffective Disorder

  • eMedicine: Schizoaffective Disorder - Schizoaffective disorder is a perplexing mental illness distinguished by a combination of symptoms of a thought disorder or other psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions (schizophrenia component) and those of a mood disorder (depressive or manic component). The coupling of symptoms from these divergent spectrums makes treating patients who are schizoaffective difficult.

  • MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: Schizoaffective disorder - A disorder that includes features of both schizophrenia (hallucinations, delusions, and deteriorating function) and a mood disorder (either bipolar disorder "manic depression" or major depressive disorder) in which the symptoms are so intertwined that a distinction between the two problems cannot be made.

  • Schizoaffective Disorder - Occasionally, clinicians are confronted with a client whose disorder of mood is equal of anything seen in the major or bipolar disorders but whose mental and cognitive processes are so deranged as to suggest the presence of Schizophrenia. PsychNet.UK.

  • Schizoaffective Disorder, American Description - An uninterrupted period of illness during which, at some time, there is either (1) a Major Depressive Episode, (2) a Manic Episode, or (3) a Mixed Episode concurrent with symptoms that meet (4) Criterion A for Schizophrenia. MentalHealth.com

  • Schizoaffective Disorder, European Description - The ICD-10 Classification. These are episodic disorders in which both affective and schizophrenic symptoms are prominent within the same episode of illness, preferably simultaneously, but at least within a few days of each other. Their relationship to typical mood (affective) disorders and to schizophrenic disorders is uncertain. They are given a separate category because they are too common to be ignored. MentalHealth.com

  • The Merck Manual: Schizoaffective Disorder - A psychotic disorder characterized by significant mood symptoms (depression or mania) and symptoms of schizophrenia.

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