The Schizoaffective disorder prognosis.
The Schizoaffective disorder is one of the psychological disorders that could negatively affect one’s overall functioning. A person with this disorder may experience symptoms of schizophrenia and mood disorder.
The schizoaffective disorder has two types; bipolar and depressive. The bipolar type is characterized by episodes of mania and depression. The depressive type only has major depressive episodes which are not present in the first type.
This mental condition, like other psychological disorders, is not yet fully understood. This is because every individual who has this condition has a unique set of experiences.
However, one thing is for sure, if this condition remains untreated, it causes more serious problems including the potential inability to function in a day to day routine. In fact, most people who have schizoaffective disorder found difficulties in performing academic, job, or relationship demands.
Common Symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder
Although people who suffer from this condition may have a unique set of symptoms, they have common characteristics. The signs and symptoms commonly categorized into two: bipolar and depressive. The symptoms can be some of the following:
- Delusions – the tendency to have a false and fixed belief about something
- Hallucinations – the tendency to hear or see things that aren’t around
- Depressive symptoms are characterized by the feeling of emptiness and helplessness
- The tendency to experience energy or excitement for no apparent reason
- Inability to communicate effectively
- Inability to attend to academic, personal, social demands and needs
- Decrease in appetite
- Difficulty to feel pleasure
- Experience weight loss or weight gain without deliberate effort
- Inability to gain enough sleep
- Inability to stay focus or gain concentration
- Having suicidal thoughts or self-destructive behavior
But the good news is that the schizoaffective disorder prognosis is way better than those of other psychological disorders. This means that a person with this condition may have a better chance of regaining a healthy life.
More often than not, people with schizoaffective disorder recover from this condition. Some studies actually found that 50% of those who have this mental disorder do improve and gained their life back. They were, once again, able to effectively function in their routine.
Schizoaffective Disorder Prognosis vs. other psychological disorders
As mentioned, people with schizoaffective disorder recover faster than those with other psychological disorders such as schizophrenia. The reason being is that the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder are cyclical, unlike schizophrenia.
However, experts have no concrete conclusion as to why the noted difference in recovery happens. In many studies, people with schizoaffective disorder recovered faster than those with psychotic disorders.
Factors on Schizoaffective Disorder Prognosis
There many factors that could affect the course of recovery. Every person with this condition may have unique experience and reaction to the condition. In addition, personal attributes and experiences can be influential to the improvement pace.
The following are the prognostic factors that might influence the recovery:
- The intensity of the symptoms
- The behavior of a person prior to having the condition
- Nature and type of the experienced psychosis
- The length of time the symptoms persist
- The impact of the schizoaffective disorder on the cognition
- Lastly, the frequency of the symptoms occurrence
These factors could potentially influence the improve the course of the condition. However, the most important determinant of recovery is the right treatment. Although no guaranteed treatment for this condition, with the right and approach, improve is underway.
The treatment for schizoaffective disorder often come in medication and psychotherapy or the combination of both. The family dynamics which a person came from can also instrumental to the improvement. Like other psychological disorders, people with schizoaffective disorder need family support and help to get through the challenge.
For the thousands or millions of people who experience this psychological condition, just don’t lose hope. As long as you are willing to be treated, and when treatment is within reach, there is hope.
It is proven over and over again that the schizoaffective disorder is way easier to treat than other mental conditions. Sooner or later, a person with this condition will be healed and recovered. The only challenge here is to find someone, a trained professional who could provide the treatment needed.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.