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Schizoaffective Disorder

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Family or group therapy has been found to be more effective in helping people deal with real life issues. Family group therapies also provide a decrease in social isolation and helps maintain a check on the psychotic episodes.

The overall prognosis for patients with schizoaffective disorder is better than those with schizophrenia but treatment is life long. Unfortunately, most people tend to develop severe depression or mania and eventually become non-complaint with therapy. Many end up with legal problems and remain confined to psychiatric facilities.

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The Symptoms of schizoaffective disorder may vary from person to person. Some of the signs and symptoms of this illness are:
Hallucinations, Delusions Paranoid and unusual thoughts and ideas, Irrelevant or incoherent speech, Bouts of depression, Disorganized thinking, Poor temper control, Irritability, Suicidal and homicidal thougts, Deteriorating concern with respect to hygiene and grooming, Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior: lack of response, responding at times in an extremely agitated manner without any cause, Deficits in attention and memory, Changes in energy and appetite patterns, sleep disorder.

March 20, 2011 - 11:31pm
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