Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment

What is Schizoaffective Disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder is a mental illness that combines the symptoms of two different conditions: schizophrenia and a mood disorder (usually depression or bipolar disorder). A person suffering from schizoaffective disorder may have severe mood changes while simultaneously experiencing schizophrenic symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions.

Schizoaffective disorder impacts all aspects of everyday life, and many people find it challenging to maintain relationships and consistent performance at work or school. Fortunately, many people with schizoaffective disorder can learn to control their periodic episodes, helping them create stability to maintain a healthy life.

Signs and Symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective disorder is characterized by mood disorder symptoms, like bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia. Each individual shows different symptoms based on the severity, frequency, and duration of their schizophrenic episodes. Common symptoms include:

Treatment for Schizoaffective Disorders

As is true with any mental illness, the treatment for schizoaffective disorder varies based on the affected individual’s needs. At Destination Hope, we work with our clients to develop a personalized treatment plan to address their unique situation, symptoms, and concerns.

Our treatment program includes medication and psychotherapy (counseling), family and group therapy, and individual therapy. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), we can help individuals reframe their behavior patterns. We focus on addressing underlying conditions and issues so that schizophrenic episodes decrease over time.

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