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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
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.
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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