What are the symptoms of your schizoaffective disorder?
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What are symptoms
and signs of schizoaffective disorder?
The symptoms and signs of schizoaffective disorder include those of schizophrenia combined with major depressive disorder and/or a manic episode. Symptoms of schizophrenia may include the following:
Hallucinations, like hearing voices, seeing, feeling, tasting, or smelling things that are not there
Delusions are ways of thinking with no basis in reality. Types of delusions include paranoid/persecutory, religious, erotic, grandiose (for example, false beliefs of superiority), jealous, body (somatic), or mixed (more than one) types and often involve the sufferer having the belief that an ordinary event has special and personal meaning
Severely disorganized or catatonic behaviors
Negative symptoms, like the decrease or absence of speech (alogia), a limited range of emotional, or movement
Symptoms of a major depressive episode might include the following:
Depressed or irritable mood most of every day for several days in a row
Inability to feel pleasure
Significant weight loss in the absence of healthy dieting
Sleeping too little or too much
Restlessness or moving less (psychomotor agitation or retardation, respectively)
Low energy most days
Feelings of worthlessness
Thoughts of death, thoughts, plans or attempts at self-harm or suicide
Symptoms of a manic episode may be characterized by the following:
Excessive self-esteem or grandiosity
Rapid, frenzied/pressured speaking
Decreased need for sleep
Sudden increases in energy
Increase in goal-oriented activities
Engaging in activities that may cause problems (for example, excessive spending or sexual activity)
Similar to schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder is associated with impairments in memory, changing attention, thinking abstractly, and planning. However, people with schizoaffective disorder tend to have better cognitive functioning
versus people with schizophrenia. In terms of brain structure, individuals with schizoaffective disorder tend to have smaller brain volumes compared to the general population, particularly in certain areas of the brain.