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Shizoaffective Disorder: Part II

In my first article, I discussed what Schizoaffective Disorder was.  In this article, I will describe some additional information about Schizoaffective Disorder including the symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder.

What Are The Symptoms Of Shizoaffective Disorder?

According to nami.org, there are various criteria for Schizoaffective Disorder.


According to nami.org, hallucinations are seeing or hearing things that are not real.


According to nami.org, delusions are false fixed beliefs that are contradictory to evidence.

Disorganized Thinking

According to nami.org, disorganized thinking occurs when one person switches from one topic to another.

Depressed Mood

According to nami.org, experiencing a depressed mood in Schizoaffective Disorder can consist of sadness, emptiness, in addition to feelings of worthlessness.

Manic Behavior

According to nami.org, experiencing a manic episode in Schizoaffective Disorder may consist of feelings of euphoria.

What Causes Schizoaffective Disorder?

According to nami.org, it can be determined that there is not exact cause of Schizoaffective Disorder.  However, there are some presumptive causes of the disorder.


According to nami.org, genetics is the first cause of Schizoaffective Disorder.  This disorder tends to run in families.  If a relative has Schizoaffective Disorder, there is not a 100% chance you are going to get Schizoaffective Disorder.  However, your chances of getting the illness are higher.

Brain Chemistry And Structure

According to nami.org, brain structure plays a role in the diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder.  Brain scans are being used, therefore.


According to nami.org, stress is another possible cause of Schizoaffective Disorder.  According to nami.org, “Stressful events such as a death in the family, end of a marriage or loss of a job can trigger symptoms or an onset of the illness.

Drug Use

According to nami.org, LSD has been linked to the development of Schizoaffective Disorder.


To end this article, the symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder and the causes of Schizoaffective Disorder have been mentioned throughout this article.  According to nami.org, the symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, depressed mood, and manic behavior.  According to nami.org, the causes of Schizoaffective Disorder are Genetics, Brain Chemistry And Structure, Stress, and Drug Use.  To conclude this article, there is no specific cause of Schizoaffective Disorder in the literature.  These specific causes are just presumptive guesses.  If you or a loved one believe that you are suffering from Schizoaffective Disorder, seek medical help immediately.  Do not self-diagnose yourself.  Go to a licensed medical provider immediately for further help and clarification.



Shizoaffective Disorder: Part II

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). Shizoaffective Disorder: Part II. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 21, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/psychosis/2017/11/shizoaffective-disorder-part-ii/


Last updated: 28 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 28 Nov 2017
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