What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?

mental health facilities in Greensboro, NCSchizoaffective disorder is a mental illness that causes sufferers to be delusional and have hallucinations. Sufferers may also experience mood disorders like mania and depression. Unfortunately, this disease is not well understood or well-defined.

It is believed that this mental illness is more prevalent in women than in men. It is 1/3 as common as schizophrenia. If you're searching for mental health facilities in Greensboro, NC, please call Legacy Freedom for help.

A combination of factors are believed to be the cause of schizoaffective disorder. Most mental disorders have a single identifiable cause. However, this one is attributed to a combination of genetics, physical problems with brain volume, environmental issues and complications at birth.

Schizoaffective disorder is widely misunderstood. Why? It mimics other conditions that one might be suffering from and can especially mimic bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. However, it's possible that neither of those disorders are present, it's just that schizoaffective disorder has similar symptoms and signs. It can cause a manic state or mixed emotional state.

There are many common symptoms that those who suffer from this disorder experience.

Symptoms and Signs of Schizoaffective Disorder

  • Alternating between slow and rapid movements
  • Anxiety
  • Attempting suicide
  • Catatonic behaviors
  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Changes in sleep and/or eating patterns
  • Delusions
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Difficulty planning
  • Disorganized behaviors
  • Disorganized speech or the absence of speech entirely
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Grandiose self-esteem or poor self-esteem
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired occupational functioning
  • Impaired social functioning
  • Lack of concern regarding appearance
  • Lacking emotional expression
  • Major episodes of depression
  • Major episodes of mania
  • Memory impairments
  • Poor motivation
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Racing thoughts
  • Self-harm
  • Significant weight gain or weight loss
  • Social isolation
  • Suicidal ideation

Schizoaffective disorder often goes untreated. It can also be treated improperly. When this happens, the effects are detrimental. Below, you will find some of the most common effects of untreated or improperly treated schizoaffective disorder:

  • Early death
  • Suicidal behaviors or ideation
  • Family disruption
  • Loss of relationships with family and friends
  • Loss of significant other
  • Financial issues
  • Unemployment
  • Self-harm
  • Substance abuse
  • And more

People who suffer from schizoaffective disorder can also be suffering from anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, as well. To learn more about the correlation between schizoaffective disorder and PTSD, be sure to visit with our next blog post.

If you feel like these symptoms are a part of your everyday life, it might be time to consider getting treatment. Mental health facilities in Greensboro, NC, like Legacy Freedom can help. Please contact us to learn more about our services. We are here to help you get back on track to a happy, healthy life. You'll also find the following alternative, holistic treatment programs geared toward helping individuals cope with their disorders:

  • Adventure Therapy
  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Discharge/Aftercare
  • Equine Assisted
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Inner Child
  • Life/Purpose Coaching
  • Meditation Therapy
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sound Therapy
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga

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. However, 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 Legacy Freedom of Greensboro NC today.


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