Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition whereby the symptoms of mood disorders and psychotic disorders are present. They can be present during a single episode or within a few weeks of each other. 

“Schizo” refers to symptoms of psychosis, “affective” refers to mood symptoms. 

Those with this condition can struggle to take care of themselves. Alternatively, your doctor might tell you that you have very little insight into how you’re feeling or how you behave. They might also experience periods of time where they feel well.  

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Episodes of schizoaffective disorder can vary in how long they last. In addition to this, the disorder is known to be separate from bipolar and schizophrenia. This is the case even though they share some symptoms. 

The Types of Schizoaffective Disorder 

There is more than one type of schizoaffective disorder. 

  • Depressive type – Someone who has this type of disorder will have depressive and psychotic symptoms at the same time and in the same episode.
  • Manic type – Anyone who has this type will experience manic and psychotic symptoms at the same time and in the same episode.
  • Mixed type – Those who suffer from the mixed type will have episodes with both depressive and manic symptoms. The psychotic symptoms, however, are not related to any bipolar disorder symptoms. They are completely independent.

Find more information about the symptoms and causes of schizoaffective disorder here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizoaffective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20354504

Treatment for Schizoaffective Disorder 

Everyone’s experience of this disorder is different. This means that the treatment they receive is likely to vary from person-to-person. 

Some of the treatments for schizoaffective disorder include:

  • Art therapy.
  • Medication.
  • Family intervention.
  • Talking therapies.
  • Therapeutic communities.

If you are concerned that you or someone you love is suffering from schizoaffective disorder, please speak to a doctor. Your doctor can advise you about treatment, offering support, or how to take care of yourself. 

There are organisations who can help, such as:

  • Bipolar UK – 0333 323 3880 or bipolaruk.org
  • Hearing Voices Network – hearing-voices.org
  • Samaritans – 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org
  • Sane – Sane.org.uk

 

We offer mental health support for Selby, Barlby, and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk