Most people have heard of schizophrenia. Films and TV Shows like “A Beautiful Mind” and “Perception” have brought the disorder more in the open. Approx. 21 million people worldwide have schizophrenia, about 1.1 % of the population.
A less heard of psychosis disorder is Schizoaffective Disorder. This is characterized as a combination of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, and affects less than 1% of the population.
People with Schizoaffective disorder exhibit the hallucinations and delusions of Schizophrenia and other symptoms, combined with the depression or mania that comes with bipolar disorder.
Common symptoms include:
- paranoid thoughts
- disorganized thoughts or behaviors
- catatonia, which is an inability to move normally
- speaking too quickly
- depression or irritability
- hyperactive or manic mood
- difficulty concentrating
- changes in appetite
- thoughts of suicide
- poor personal hygiene
- trouble sleeping
- social isolation
Like ITP (Immune Thromboyctopenia) and PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures), diagnosis of Schizoaffective disorder involves the elimination of other psychosis and mood disorders, and often is misdiagnosed at the start.