Schizoaffective Disorder Depressive Type Treatment
Schizoaffective disorder may sound similar to schizophrenia, but it is actually a mental health condition that includes a combination of both schizophrenia and mood disorder symptoms. These symptoms may occur together or separately and are often followed by asymptomatic periods. To add to its complexity, there are two forms of schizoaffective disorder — bipolar and depressive. Because of this, and because the pattern of symptoms can vary widely from person to person, schizoaffective disorder is often misdiagnosed as general schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
It is vital to seek treatment from a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with experience in schizophrenia and mood disorders. Dr. Blair of Blair Wellness Group is one of the most renowned and respected Licensed Clinical Psychologists in the country If you’re looking for a dedicated psychotherapist in Beverly Hills, Irvine, Newport Beach, and the surrounding areas, we encourage you to contact our office today.
Symptoms of Depressive Type Schizoaffective Disorder
Proper diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder relies on a careful assessment of the individual’s symptoms. It is understood that schizoaffective disorder looks similar to schizophrenia, but it also includes mood disorder symptoms that need to be evaluated in order to determine if a person has manic episodes, depressive episodes, or a combination of both. A person who has experienced manic episodes or a combination of both depressive and manic symptoms along with psychosis will often be diagnosed as having Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar type. Depressive type schizoaffective disorder is characterized by symptoms of psychosis and depression but without the episodes of mania.
People with psychosis detach from reality. They often experience hallucinations, hearing or seeing things that aren’t there, and/or delusions — believing in something that isn’t true. While these are some of the most common symptoms of psychosis, there are others such as incoherent or disorganized thinking, catatonia, and anxiety or paranoia.
Similar to the symptoms of major depression, the symptoms that an individual experiences with depressive type schizoaffective disorder can contribute additional challenges to everyday life. Some of those symptoms may include a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, trouble sleeping or eating, lack of motivation, and social withdrawal.
Causes of Schizoaffective Disorder
Research has yet to uncover one clear cause of schizoaffective disorder. Instead, it is believed to be the result of a combination of factors that include brain chemical imbalance, genetic predisposition, or even environmental factors such as exposure to viruses or certain toxins. Until a specific cause and treatment can be identified, the best way to manage symptoms of depressive type schizophrenic disorder is to seek help from a licensed, clinical psychologist who has experience in treating schizophrenia and mood disorders.
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