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    What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?

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    Most people will get:

    Medication : Some of the medicine a person needs depends on whether they have depression or bipolar disorder, along with schizophrenia.  The main medications that doctors prescribe for psychotic symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thinking are called antipsychotics.  All antipsychotic drugs likely have value in the treatment of schizoaffective disorder, but paliperidone extended release (Invega) is the only drug that the FDA has approved to treat schizoaffective disorder. For mood-related symptoms, someone may take an antidepressant medication or a mood stabilizer such as lithium. They often will also take an antipsychotic medication.

    Psychotherapy : The goal of this type of counseling is to help the person learn about their illness, set goals, and manage everyday problems related to the disorder. Family therapy can help families become more effective in relating to and helping a loved one who has schizoaffective disorder.

    Skills training: This generally focuses on work and social skills, grooming and self-care, and other day-to-day activities, including money and home management.

    Hospitalization : Most people with schizoaffective disorder live at home. But if someone has severe symptoms or is in danger of hurting themselves or others, they may need to stay in a hospital until they’re better.

    Treatment is very important. Research shows that it’s effective in keeping symptoms under control and helping the person manage the condition and get along better in their everyday life.

    Can You Prevent Schizoaffective Disorder?

    No. But if someone gets diagnosed and starts treatment ASAP, it can help a person avoid or reduce frequent relapses and hospitalizations and help decrease the disruption to the person's life, family, and friendships.

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    Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 27, 2016
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