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How is schizoaffective disorder related to schizophrenia?

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With schizoaffective disorder, you'll have a combination of psychotic symptoms along with depression (major depressive disorder) or bipolar disorder. You could feel very down, or swing between super high-energy or highly irritable and very low, too. In schizoaffective disorder, the psychotic symptoms have to sometimes happen even when your mood is okay. This is a rare, serious, lifelong illness.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia," "DSM-5 Overview: The Future Manual."

Tandon, R. October 2013. Schizophrenia Research,

NAMI: "Diagnostic Criteria for Schizophrenia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Schizophreniform Disorder," "Schizoaffective Disorder."

Malaspina, D. October 2013. Schizophrenia Research,

Pelizza, L. September 2010. Acta Biomedica,

William T. Carpenter, MD, professor of psychiatry and pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Baltimore, MD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 30, 2020

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia," "DSM-5 Overview: The Future Manual."

Tandon, R. October 2013. Schizophrenia Research,

NAMI: "Diagnostic Criteria for Schizophrenia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Schizophreniform Disorder," "Schizoaffective Disorder."

Malaspina, D. October 2013. Schizophrenia Research,

Pelizza, L. September 2010. Acta Biomedica,

William T. Carpenter, MD, professor of psychiatry and pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Baltimore, MD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 30, 2020

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