Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic brain disorder that affects over 760,000 (0.3%*) in the US. The condition includes symptoms of schizophrenia and a mood disorder (major depressive or manic).
Research suggests that women may be slightly more affected by schizoaffective disorder than men.
Generally, a doctor will diagnose a person with schizoaffective disorder if he or she has experienced schizophrenia symptoms, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as depression or mania.
Schizoaffective disorder is a lifelong illness that affects the person living with the condition and the lives of family members.
*These figures can vary depending on the published source used
There is no cure for schizoaffective disorder, but for many people, medication is key in their recovery plan, along with supportive treatments—like psychotherapy. With a combination of treatments, many people can lead productive and meaningful lives.
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