What is schizoaffective disorder?

Someone with schizoaffective disorder will experience symptoms of psychosis, including hallucinations or delusions, as well as mood symptoms of bipolar disorder, such as mania and depression.

Symptoms can occur at the same time or within weeks of each other. Durations of episodes can differ, and you might feel well between them. Some people experience repeated episodes, whereas some people don’t.

Schizoaffective disorder may occasionally make it difficult to live independently or understand your emotions and behaviours.

It’s estimated that around 1 in 200 people develop schizoaffective disorder at some time during their life. It usually develops during early adulthood and it’s more common in women than in men.

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