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How can you tell if someone has schizo-affective disorder over a 6 month period if the patient is often prescribed anti-psychotics from day one after the 1st psychosis episode to control the symptoms? Lastly, how do you tell if someone has schizo-affective disorder if they only had the symptoms of depression after being prescribed anti-psychotic meds? Does this qualify as schizoaffective disorder symptoms? I ask because my sons doc says they think he has this disorder because he had a manic like episode before having his 1st psychosis episode, but he was never depressed, but only suffered with anxiety. His depression has only been present since being on anti-psychotics for the last 2 months?
If you were not diagnosed. If you were not told that you have this, would you consider yourself normal? I think that everyone will feel this, has moods that swing fromk fepression to overly joyful. I honestly believe that this is caised by something like stress, events in life that is too much to bear, surrounded by unaffectionate and judgemental people which lead them to hate themselves and feel suicidal. Im not diagnosed with any mental illness but after hearing its descriptions, I can say I recognize having such behavior. I also remember being in a horrible experience when I showed that behavior. As per the video, they dont know where it came from. I think I do, and thats because its normal. Its a reaction. The chemical dophamine is being released by the brain when it has been triggered. So the real cure to this is to surround yourself with positive vibes. Leave your stressful environment behind and stop thinking that you're not normal. Or that you have mental illness because that will only make you feel lesser and susceptible. Find that reason to love yourself and seek for happiness or people that makes you happy. Thats the real cure.
it straight bullshit. i was diagnose with this after a car accident i started hearing voices and would go from blank mood to racing thoughts. doctors said if don't take the antipsychotics they would put me in a mental hospital. i stopped seeing those doctors and started smoking high CBD Medical Marijuana. it elevates my mood and stops the racing thoughts
I hate having Shizo affective and I always think people will kill me and my family playing tricks on me just to make me feel bad about myself and they all hate me! I always have problems with family and that is true and I still have problems with people and they all hate me and they look at me weird! I am scared of them they are scared of me. I can't win no matter what I do! Please help!
Angel Simone im sorry you are going through this. My husband has schizoaffective and i know it can be really tough. I would recommend getting a good therapist and/or signing yourself up to an outpatient facility. My husband went to an out patient for 5 weeks and he was able to get a lot of help there. Most importantly seek the Lord. I know the Lord has really helped my husband and me through this. Jesus loves you and desires to have a personal relationship with you. Please get the help you need. I know its hard to see the better days when you are going through it, but taking medication along with therapy and a support system really helps. I have seen the improvement in my husband but it does take effort. May God bless you.
James B Don't worry. There's lots of treatments available for schizoaffective disorder. You and your doctor will figure out what works best for you. I know some schizoaffective people who are functioning just fine in life.
James B Schizoaffective people are psychotic nearly all the time, even when they're not having a mood episode. Bipolar people who have psychotic features are only psychotic when their mood episodes are severe, and when they're not having a mood episode they'll have no psychosis whatsoever.
In many cases, people with Schizoaffective Disorder (SAD) have low levels of serotonin. According to Walsh Research Institute, 90% of people with SAD are undermethylated (and also most cases of antisocial personality disorder, OCD, anorexia, seasonal depression, etc.): https://www.vitacure.me/blogs/news/difference-undermethylated-vs-overmethylated-symptoms
Please research niacin (vitamin b3) and reports about recovery of schizophrenia and all other mental disorders by mega dosing. There is a lot of research on this and many people have been helped and CURED! Please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and do NOT take toxic pharmaceuticals ! God Bless
They are very confused whether I have bipolar mania with psychotic feature or schizoaffective. I'm leaning on the side of bipolar disorder because I don't always have delusions and the voices are fleeting meaning that they come and go. I do have disorganized behavior and thinking it's definitely less intense than those with schizophrenia. But after hearing all this I might be schizoaffective too.
Yeah... it sucks. I definitely inherited it from my father. He has much more schizophrenic symptoms. Further down on the spectrum than me. At least my hallucinations aren't that disturbing, just weird and sometimes amusing.
I was diagnosed with this a few years ago. I do often hear and see things and it is so maddening and bothersome that often I want and pray for death. Every day is an unknown, and I have already given up on ever having a relationship and having kids.
Holy shit my psychologist is wrong. He asked the wrong fucking questions in that he didn't even try to uncover the difference between bipolar, schizoeffective and schizophrenic! How does that even goddamn happen? Shouldn't he be watching out for this shit? Shouldn't he be tailoring questions to differentiate them? He's expensive and smart as hell. What the fuck?!?!
I was diagnosed with schizo-affective by my psychiatrist. I am on medications that really help - Anti psychotic - Seroquel, Mood Stabilizers -lithium, lamictal trileptal, Anti-Depressant - paxil, anciety med - klonopin
Schizoaffective disorder occurs when you attempt to define and describe shizoaffective disorder. It's a self fulfilling prophecy created by the psychiatric racket in order to diagnose persons with a scary sounding diagnosis who obviously aren't schizophrenic.
How do you feel about doing clinical trials for schizophrenia or Schizoaffective? Has anyone considered doing this or has anyone done this? I am considering it but would like to know if anyone has advice?
My brother has this but my moms in too much denial to get him on proper medications. He constantly talks about how people are always looking at him and how he can't wait until I'm dead in a casket and will slit my throat. Good times!! I'm an adult so I'm not around often, but I wish he could get the help he truly needs. Does anyone have any advice on how to break through my moms denial to get my brother taken care of? Thanks!
my mom has had it since 2009 (she was diagnosed then). she wasn't taking any meds after the hospitalization ( she was 2 months in a psychiatric hospital for manic shizoaffective disorder, she was agressive towards my dad). she started to have delusions about 4 months ago. she thought a woman was stalking her and we didn't know about it because she told that stuff only to my aunt and my aunt didn't tell that to my dad. 2 weeks ago my mum entered a depressive state in which she doesn't talk to anyone, just lays in bed or sits on a balcony. she's not suicidal, but she cannot do everyday tasks. she sits for hours in one position or flushes the toilet for 10 times in a row, brushes teeth also for several times in a row or opens the faucet and spits. sometimes she stands or lays with her eyes closed and doesn't respond to anyone. she says to me that she's tired and she took some time to rest. we called the ambulance and the police because she doesn't want to go to a hospital and she didn't listen to them(she layed on her bed with her eyes closed but when they tried to get her up she started screaming) so they all went home because in my country ambulance or police cannot use force on people who aren't agressive. (they might get sued by us or my mom) later i talked to her and she explained to me that they put her in a hospital because they didn't like her and that shizoaffective disorder is a made-up disease and that she's okay. she acts different and laughs cynically at me even if i cry. i got sick recently and she has no symphaty whatsoever. i'm worried i'm going to have to live with her like that because she doesn't want to take any meds or listen to her doctor. sorry for my spelling , english is not my mother language.
Anamarija Filkovic my mom has this too, and just like your she believed this women was stalking her, she was also having dreams of god telling her she's chosen or something.my dad called the police and they put her in a hospital. after she came back from the hospital she was depressed really really depressed. I think you should contact psychiatric because my mother was so suicidal she threw herself from a building, she's fine now. but I understand what you're going through just be there for her and hopefully she will get help!💓
I remember being diagnosed with this at the age of 10, After my mom and dad started fight for custody of me...I've been put on HEAVY medicine that made me like a zombie, I gained weight and became suicide for years, They wanted to keep me at a 'hospital' after i started getting vicious thoughts towards others due to the 'voices' in my head telling me to do it. But i am now 17 and turned my life around, Lost all the weight, Stopped taking the medicine, I only take pills for my severe anxiety, and no longer hear vicious voices. The disorder still bites me in the ass sometimes but i know how to overcome it at the end of the day.
I know I went on some heavy shit and I to became not existint I was like not there..anymore I was always to tired had to drink monster drinks just to keep myself up and kind of there with anyone. I was in an out of hospilizatiom program and I could no longer be present there. My medicine doctor at the time apperently had over dosed me with 2 many medications and apperently they had told me not all of them were nessarry that really was eye opening and just shocking. I was taken to the hospital and was there to be watched and they helped clear out the situation with my meds and told me to not go to him ever agian and got me a new place to go. Idk what happend to him but where I am know is much better and I feel like a actual functional human being agian.
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I discussed this with my psychiatrist and we decided to not administer the next monthly injection (due March 5th) and see how things develop. If symptoms from my schizoaffective come back (like my paranoia) then we'll either get me back on Invega or start me on Abilify.
Schizoaffective here. I don't hallucinate, but I do have delusions and disorganized thought. The medication I'm on (Invega) makes me feel like a lifeless zombie, makes me feel dumb, ruins my memory, and removes all pleasure from my life. I've been talking about it to my psychiatrist, but he says those are just symptoms of the disorder. Yet I can distinctly remember two eras; before the medication (about 4 months ago), when my life was at least bearable and I could function with my faculties (mostly) intact, and after the medication, where I literally can't get up in the morning and as a result have been missing to much school I'm at serious risk of failing senior year. I plan on telling my psychiatrist to stop giving me the medication on our next meeting, and that there's nothing he can say to change my mind. But I was wondering - how do your medications affect you? Do you get the same symptoms because of it?
I found honesty works best with my relationship. I let the girl know pretty early on so it didn't catch her off guard. It causes issues but she helps me through it. She's learning my ticks and sees warning signs that point towards suicidal tendencies. You want to find someone strong enough to be able to understand and help you through it
I have schizoaffective disorder. And I struggle 2 I really struggle with mood 2 and being very paronoid and I'm very depressed and suicidal . I live with a foster family and i still have contact with my bio family I broke down and told my two older half sisters they r still trying to accept it but they try to not beat me up or act different about it. If someone loves u enough and u tell them a lil bit and just slowly go to it then u should be fine. But I guess it also depends on who u tell...I struggle and so like all I can do is get all the help I can get and live life I have the disorder and it's not like I can just take it all away...cuz I can't just like u cant.
Tides54 I don't think you should lie to them. But I don't think you should blert it out like," Hi my name is John and I have scitsoeffective disorder. Think of in its proper way. Like if you were raped, "Hi nice to meet you I'm Sally, oh by the way I was rapped last year. NOOO! Before you tell someone personal stuff about you,You should get to know the person. Hi I got $5000 in my pocket and you have a nice knife there. You are not a bad person, you shouldn't be crucified because you're brain chemicals are all F+cked up. Just keep reminding yourself. You're not a bad guy. You didn't do anything wrong.This is you're private business. I don't think you have a big letter on you're for head that means " Yea I gotta f+picked up brain but I'm not a bad person. What do ya think?
Seeing as it changes a lot from person to person, I'm going to suggest crazymeds.us
It has pages on most of the more popular drugs prescribed, and they pretty succinctly describe what it's probably going to be like on it in better detail than, say, individual sites for specific drugs. It's a good resource. If you haven't heard of it, give it a go.
I was on Seroquel years ago, and yeah, my hunger was pretty insatiable. I don't know how much I agree with the fact that he did it, but if mood stabilizers are a thing you need to be on, my doctor prescribed Topamax (it's a seizure med) on the side to counteract the hunger. Being on it felt like being on stupid pills for me, though, but again, mileage varies. Hope your meds get straightened out. It's a rough road to have to travel.
PsychoToxin I recently got diagnosed with this and the video gave me a better understanding of the disorder. I usually just say it's like the hideous love child of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but now I can sound a bit more educated lol. Been hospitalized three times but I've been okay for about 6 months now. Its nice to be able to work and go to school again. Being in "remission" makes me appreciate even the mundane things in life. Good luck for everyone dealing with this shit
Good job, Chloe and Nick! He's awfully ignorant to be bashing someone he doesn't even know, much less for something that they can't even help. We're all different from one another, and that's what makes us the same. I wish more people would try and understand this instead of following that horrible stigma that they see on the television. And that crap about the hospital was completely uncalled for. Jazo, I'm guessing you have no knowledge of the fact that most "abnormal" personality disorders are now being treated by antipsychosis drugs?? Go read a bit before you try acting macho next time, okay? Also... do yourself a favor and gain some empathy for those around you. We're all fighting a battle that no one else has any idea about. Thanks.
Excuse me, I don't mean to be rude but you guys have no idea how it's like having this disorder, and to call someone out because they have this, as if it were a choice, then you are completely ignorant. Leave nick alone, you act as if we are mentally disabled, which we are not. They are medications for a reason, to help us get better, and like medicine should, it helps. So please keep you ignorant comments to yourselves please. And don't define someone over what they have, because we are NOT what we have, we are humans. So please treat us as such, thank you and goodbye.
Thanks for the video. I'm a bit confused, though. I get the impression that you're saying one must meet the full criteria for schizophrenia in order to have schizoaffective disorder, but I don't believe that's true. I'd appreciate any clarification. Thanks!
Psychiatry has no more claim to truth or rigorous science than does the witchcraft practiced by primitive aborigines. While I sympathize with the struggles of life that all persons face in this ever-changing world, it is entirely likely that if one wears their "diagnosis" on their sleeve so to speak they are seeking rent and government subsidy in exchange for being a walking, talking "validation" of clinical psychiatry. Nevertheless, I encourage you to continue to seek understanding through the DSM and behavioral health services in order to improve your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your community.
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.