What is Schizoaffective Personality Disorder?

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Defining Schizoaffective Personality Disorder

When you're told you have schizoaffective personality disorder the first question that probably pops into your mind is what exactly is that? It is actually a mental condition when a person may experience a wide set of symptoms, a combinations ranging from hallucinations and anything to do with any kind of personality disorder. Which means symptoms like depression or mania.

It's actually hard to understand this particular disorder because it includes symptoms of several different illnesses. But this much is known, like any other mental illness, if left untreated it will get worse. Much worse. Someone with Schizoaffective Personality Disorder that is left untreated will probably end up having problems keeping their jobs, moving from one to another. Maybe even end up relying heavily on their family. And when that gets to be too much eventually be placed in a psychiatric facility. But when someone is treated symptoms can be managed and life can be all together on a whole, improved.

Symptoms Someone May Experience

Symptoms vary from one person to the next. Each case can be a different case, as it is with many different mental illnesses. On average people with this disorder may have hallucinations any kind of psychotic behavior such as problems being organized and this one is a big one, paranoia. In most cases those who have this disorder also isolate themselves and avoid group activities.

Someone with these symptoms may have a really bad case of them for several days, maybe even weeks. Then suddenly they'll improve. They'll feel great as and have confidence with in themselves. Nothing bad at all.

Also in most cases with this disorder the mood part of it resembles bipolar or depressive like moods.

Causes

What causes any mental illness? A lot of them seem to have genetic ties. Schizoaffective Disorder isn't any different. It has very Strong genetic links. Similar to Schizophrenia. Like depression, a chemical imbalance may indeed be the cause here.

I was not aware of this before but while you are in the mother's womb if you are exposed to toxins or any viral illnesses, even if there were any birth complications this too could lead to this disorder.

Things To Be Aware Of

If you have a relative who has schizophrenia, a mood disorder, or schizoaffective personality disorder you are at risk of developing this disorder.

People who have this disorder are at increased risk to develop schizophrenia. They have more of a chance of have major depression, bipolar disorder, and developing substance abuse problems. They are also at an increased risk of suicide.

If you have been diagnosed with this illness keep in mind that it isn't just the meds that keep it at bay. I find that the counseling aspect of getting help actually helps me out the most. And also keep in mind that you are not a freak. I wish I had felt that way when I was first told.

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Tracey Khan 5 years ago from London

Very interesting Hub. Hypnotherapy can also be a great way to relax and calm the disorder. It cannot be used to treat it alone, but can be a great way to help control and calm your moods / symptoms


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you for sharing another treatment that I wasn't aware of. Glad you found it to be interesting.


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hello CM. I'm lazy so not typing your name this time. When I was first told I was bipolar I just ignored it. But, then it happen - manic episode. Long story short I went though the stages of grief then accepting it. I have done that a couple times now. My heart goes out to you and my prayers for management of it and courage. Great hub. And, hooray for you for taking it head on!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you, and I am sorry to hear about your own struggles. I pray that you keep strong as well.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

I used to work in a homeless shelter and had to deal with a lot of undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. I have seen first hand the destruction that this has caused in people's lives when left untreated. It is great that you are bringing awareness to this important issue!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you, and to hear that you worked at a homeless shelter... bravo! Sadly these illnesses really can tare apart someone's life rather drastically too.

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