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Schizoaffective disorder is an illness characterized by psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations) and mood problems.
There are two types of schizoaffective disorder: bipolar and depressive.
There is no specific known cause for schizoaffective disorder.
Schizoaffective disorder symptoms and signs include those of schizophrenia in addition to a manic episode and/or a major depressive disorder.
The typical treatment for schizoaffective disorder involves the individual taking an antipsychotic drug and possibly a mood stabilizer in addition to psycho-education.
What is schizoaffective disorder?
Schizoaffective disorder is an illness with persistent psychotic symptoms, like hallucinations or delusions, occurring together with mood problems of depressive, manic, or mixed episodes. Statistics on how common this disorder is range from 0.2% in the general United States population up to as much as 9% of psychiatrically hospitalized people. Schizoaffective disorder is thought to occur at least as commonly as schizophrenia and less often than bipolar disorder.
What are the different types of schizoaffective disorder?
There are two types of schizoaffective disorder: bipolar type and depressive type. The bipolar type of schizoaffective disorder is characterized by the illness including at least one manic episode. The depressive type of this illness involves only major depressive episodes as the mood disorder part of the illness.
Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic drug that is used for treating schizophrenia, bipolar mania and autism. Other atypical antipsychotic drugs include Olanzapine (Zyprexa), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Ziprasidone (Geodon), Aripiprazole (Abilify) and paliperidone (Invega).