Schizoaffective disorder is a mental illness presenting as a combination of symptoms, including hallucinations or delusions, depression, or mania. There are bipolar and depressive types of schizoaffective disorder. As the condition differs significantly from one person to the next, it can be difficult to diagnose and treat accurately.
1. Symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder
The symptoms of this disorder are different for each person. An individual may experience psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. Generally, he or she will also have symptoms of a mood disorder, either bipolar or depressive. A course of the symptoms usually comes in waves: periods of severe symptoms followed by cycles of less severe symptoms.