Bipolar Type Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition that is similar to schizophrenia. It is characterized by symptoms of psychosis that are common for those with schizophrenia, but people with this disorder also experience mood symptoms that are typical of bipolar disorder. Because of this, it’s easy to see why some people have been misdiagnosed with either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder when in fact they have another distinct condition that is a combination of both.
Symptoms of Bipolar Type Schizoaffective Disorder
Because this form of schizoaffective disorder includes a complex set of symptoms that are often associated with other mental health conditions, it’s helpful to organize them into meaningful categories.
People with schizoaffective disorder may have any number of psychotic symptoms such as psychosis, confused or disorganized thoughts, and speech, reduced facial expressions, and a loss of interest or motivation. Psychosis is the most distinctive and telltale symptom. In simple terms, psychosis is a detachment from reality. It involves seeing, hearing, or believing things that aren’t real. It can occur as a result of certain medications or drug use, but it is also a primary element of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
Mood Disorder Symptoms
In addition to the schizophrenic symptoms described above, some people also have manic and depressive symptoms that are commonly associated with bipolar disorder. During manic episodes, a person may have a rush of energy that manifests as fast or excessive talking, racing thoughts, impulsivity, and feelings of euphoria. During depressive episodes, a person may appear to be sad, tired, withdrawn, and have a loss of interest in things they once enjoyed.
Understanding Schizoaffective Disorder Bipolar Type
Because schizoaffective disorder is similar to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in many ways, it is not always easy to recognize. Multiple symptoms may occur at the same time, but psychotic symptoms and mood disorder symptoms can also happen independently of one another. To add to the complexity, some people may only experience depressive symptoms without mania. When this occurs, a different diagnosis is made, identifying the condition as depressive type schizoaffective disorder.
Treatment for Bipolar Type Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizoaffective disorder, just like schizophrenia, is a lifelong affliction that may come and go with varying symptom intensity. Although it may never go away entirely, it can be effectively managed through psychotherapy, medication, and self-care.
At Blair Wellness Group, we focus on creating personalized treatment plans that utilize a combination of therapies that are most effective for a person’s unique set of symptoms. By consistently following an established treatment plan, symptoms and day-to-day functioning can be greatly improved.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for managing these complex mental health conditions. Known as one of the top psychologists in Los Angeles, Dr. Blair is a licensed, doctoral-level Clinical Psychologist who is credentialed as medical staff to admit patients at various psychiatric hospitals throughout Los Angeles County if needed. She is dedicated to providing her clients with the support, guidance, and medical expertise necessary to help them improve their psychological wellbeing and enjoy a more desirable quality of life. Contact Blair Wellness Group today at 310-999-4996 to schedule an appointment.
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