Symptoms of schizoaffective disorder

With schizoaffective disorder you will experience some symptoms of depression, mania and psychosis.


You may experience:

  • Low or negative mood
  • Feeling tired, slowed down with less energy
  • Feeling hopeless, guilty, worthless
  • Uninterested in things you usually like doing
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling more or less hungry than usual, possibly resulting in weight change
  • Thoughts of death or suicide


You may experience the following if you have mania:

  • Feeling positive even when things aren’t going well for you
  • Feeling overly active, energetic or restless
  • Talking very quickly, jumping from one idea to another and struggling to focus on one topic
  • Racing thoughts
  • Not needing much sleep
  • Being more irritable, argumentative or aggressive than usual
  • Being more social than usual
  • Doing things you wouldn’t normally do such as spending lots of money, using drugs, being promiscuous or gambling

Schizophrenic symptoms

Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects the way you think. Symptoms can have an effect on how to cope with daily life. These include:

  • Hallucinations – Seeing, hearing and feeling things that aren’t there
  • Delusions – Believing things that aren’t true
  • Disorganised speech – Talking quickly or slowly, jumping between topics and not making sense to other
  • Disorganised behaviour – You may have inappropriate behaviours, such as laughing when people tell you sad news
  • Catatonic behaviour – You may feel unable to move or feel in a daze
  • Finding it difficult to think straight

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