In our previous blog post we talked about schizoaffective disorder and how it can mimic other mental health disorders. The most common types of illnesses it can mimic are manic-depressive and schizophrenia disorder. However, there is a strong link to schizoaffective disorder and PTSD.
Studies have found that there is a link between PTSD and schizoaffective disorder. Because the exact cause of this disorder is unknown, there is not much information about contributions to the development of it. However, it is known that the major risk factors for developing this disorder lie with using mind altering drugs, having a relative with schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder as well as stressful or traumatic events.
As we know, PTSD is post dramatic stress disorder. It happens when someone is involved in a traumatic experience that leaves them constantly flashing back to the situation that caused them to feel overwhelmed, stressed and traumatized.
Schizoaffective disorder, like PTSD, features symptom cycles that can get worse and improve at certain periods of time. Disorganized thinking, delusions, hallucinations, depressed mood, impaired functioning and issues with managing personal care are all symptoms of both PTSD and schizoaffective disorder.
As we mentioned in our last blog post, this mental illness is not well defined or understood. A combination of factors can cause schizoaffective disorder. However, understanding that this condition can mimic bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is important. Also knowing that there is a strong link between PTSD and this disorder is key. If you've suffered from a traumatic experience, do not assume that your symptoms are normal. Often, this mental illness goes untreated. It's also at times treated improperly because, as we've mentioned, it is not well defined or understood.
To learn more about schizoaffective disorder, be sure to visit back with our previous blog post. There, you will find symptoms of this disorder as well as common effects of untreated or improperly treated schizoaffective disorder. You might also want to visit back with our previous blog, Yoga and PTSD. It talks more about post traumatic stress disorder and how to treat it holistically with yoga.
Also be sure to contact our facility if you feel that you have been suffering from this disorder. We are here to help.
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If you feel like these symptoms are a part of your everyday life, it might be time to consider getting treatment. Mental health facilities like Legacy Freedom of Greensboro can help. Accepting that you need help with a mental disorder can be difficult. Often, those suffering blame themselves for their situation and rarely believe that they can be helped. Feeling helpless and hopeless is a common problem with all types of mental illnesses.
Accepting help is the first step in the right direction. Know that whatever it is that's causing your disorder, treatment can help. Holistic, alternative therapy is here for you. All you have to do is acknowledge that you need it. Contact us today.