Symptoms of schizoaffective disorder vary from person to person and usually start during early adulthood, but they can begin anywhere from adolescence to late in life.
Schizoaffective disorder is diagnosed when a person experiences a major mood episode (major depressive or manic) along with at least 2 symptoms of schizophrenia, one of which must be a positive symptom. The schizophrenia symptoms must occur for a significant portion of time during a 1-month period.
Symptoms are one of the factors healthcare professionals use to diagnose a serious mental health condition. It is important to have a healthcare professional review your symptoms and history for an accurate diagnosis.
Added behaviors that make a person appear to "lose touch" with reality.
Behaviors that are different from a person's usual way of being in the world.
Symptoms that affect a person's ability to complete daily activities, such as working.
Mood Disorder Symptoms
A week-long period in which at least 3 or 4 of the following symptoms occur for most of the day, nearly every day:
A period of time lasting 2 weeks, in which at least 5 of the following symptoms have occurred:
There are treatment options to help manage your schizoaffective symptoms. Work with your doctor and treatment team to learn more about all of the symptoms you might experience and create a treatment plan that is right for you.