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Schizoaffective disorder? - August 28th 2012, 02:17 AM

So, I've just recently had my diagnosis changed from bipolar disorder to schizoaffective disorder.
I don't know much about this disorder, as far as I know it's pretty much a mix of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia right?

If anybody knows more than me I would really like to hear about it.


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Re: Schizoaffective disorder? - August 28th 2012, 03:23 AM

Pretty much. From what I can find you have to have symptoms of both schitzophrenia and a mood disorder at the same time, but also have schitzophrenic symptoms without any mood symptoms for at least two weeks.

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Re: Schizoaffective disorder? - August 28th 2012, 03:58 AM

As far as I know, it's like you said - mood disorder symptoms as well as schizophrenia symptoms. Although according to wiki, and what Kate said, for a diagnosis to be valid you need to have had psychotic symptoms independent of mood disorder symptoms for at least two weeks that aren't caused by medications.

You should probably ask your doc what the reasoning behind changing your diagnosis was.
   
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Re: Schizoaffective disorder? - August 28th 2012, 05:21 AM

Schizoaffective disorder is NOT necessarily a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It can be depression only, mania only or bipolar. The important thing is to figure out why the diagnosis changed and keep in mind, according to the current DSM criteria, you do NOT need to have hallucinations or delusions (unless you are having them).


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Re: Schizoaffective disorder? - August 28th 2012, 12:57 PM

Okay, so from what you're saying it's any mood disorder and schizophrenia not necessarily bipolar disorder.
I'm not sure I understand what you mean by I don't need to have hallucinations or delusions though.


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Re: Schizoaffective disorder? - August 28th 2012, 10:59 PM

Honestly Rick, you should know I'm not surprised by this change of diagnosis (seeing as I mentioned it to you before).

Perhaps, to understand specifically what symptoms are being treated, you should talk to your psychiatrist. Keep in mind that anything you read online is not going to always apply to your case, so maybe discussing how the disorder affects you specifically (from the professional perspective) would be best.


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Re: Schizoaffective disorder? - August 29th 2012, 08:38 AM

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Okay, so from what you're saying it's any mood disorder and schizophrenia not necessarily bipolar disorder.
Being very technical about it, it's only Criterion A of schizophrenia, which describes the outward behaviour.

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I'm not sure I understand what you mean by I don't need to have hallucinations or delusions though.
I included this because when most people think of schizophrenia, they instantly assume the person has hallucinations or delusions. Criterion A states you need 2 (or more) from the list: hallucinations, delusions, grossly disorganized speech/thought, negative symptoms and positive symptoms. The latter two pertain to changes of how you express emotion. Positive refers to a characteristic that is added, such as sudden mania. Negative refers to a characteristic that is removed, such as affective flattening (i.e. minimal to no emotional expression regardless of the situation).


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