Hi everyone! In this video I will be talking about schizoaffective disorder. Schizoaffective disorder is a combination of both a mood disorder, like bipolar or major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia. If you want more specifics on bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, please watch my videos on them. I’ll put links in the description. [Bipolar | Schizophrenia]
To begin, someone cannot be diagnosed with schizophrenia if a mood disorder is present. So, if you have bipolar or major depression, you cannot be diagnosed with schizophrenia. Instead, you may be diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, which is schizophrenia and the mood disorder. Usually I just tell people I have bipolar and schizophrenia since saying I have schizoaffective disorder would make them ask, “What is that?” Then I would need to explain anyway.
A criteria for diagnosis is that there needs to be some time that the mood disorder is not present, but the symptoms of schizophrenia are. So, for example, my symptoms of bipolar, the depression and mania, go away for a few weeks while I have a completely normal and stable mood. But, the symptoms of schizophrenia, like the delusions and hallucinations are still present.
Bipolar mania and depression can resemble schizophrenia. Like, when you’re manic, you can become psychotic and hallucinate, and lose touch with reality and what is really going on. And, when you’re depressed, the same thing can happen in a different way. So, it can be difficult to differentiate, especially if the issues are severe. But, when the mood disorder is gone, and you still have those delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thoughts and emotions, then that kind of raises the question of what is really going on. And, it very well may be schizoaffective disorder.
So, I’m going to briefly go over some of the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder. If you would like to hear them explained in greater detail, and how I relate to them, then please watch my videos regarding bipolar and schizophrenia, as that would explain a lot more. [Bipolar | Schizophrenia]
Some depression symptoms are low energy, lack of interest, loneliness, worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt, low self-esteem, as well as self-harm, suicidal thoughts and feelings. [Self-Harm & Suicide]
Some mania symptoms include increased energy, racing thoughts and excessive talking, and impulsiveness.
Some symptoms of the schizophrenia side are delusions and paranoia, hallucinations, disorganized thoughts, speech, and behavior, as well as inappropriate expression of emotions. [Paranoia & Delusions]
So I hope this video was informative, despite how short it was. Thanks for watching!
My third and final mental health video before getting into other topics. This time about schizoaffective disorder, which is a combination of a mood disorder (such as bipolar or major depression) and schizophrenia. I was rather depressed when filming. But, I pushed through and did it anyway. I almost felt like I shouldn’t have even done this videos since it was so short and just said to reference my bipolar and schizophrenia videos. Regardless, this is what I was diagnosed with since I dealt with mood disorder (bipolar type I) as well as schizophrenia.