What is Schizoaffective Disorder

By Jessika Endsley

Transcript

Hi, this is Dizzy, and I'm here to talk to you about Schizoaffective Disorder. Schizoaffective is basically schizophrenia combined with a mood disorder, an affective mood disorder. Usually this will mean depression or bipolar, so if you're schizoaffective you are generally going to be a depressed type or a bipolar type schizoaffective. I think it's pretty rare for a different type of mood disorder to get in there.

So anyhow, not many people know about this mental disorder and/or mental illness, whatever you want to call it, but depending on the symptoms of depression or bipolar, it affects everyone differently. If you are more likely to be high-functioning schizophrenic, then you can be a high-functioning schizoaffective person. And it may be impossible to tell that you have any schizo symptoms whatsoever, in my experience, until you are around the schizo person a lot or schizoaffective person a lot, and you discover that they are delusional, they'll have imaginary friends, but to them they are not imaginary. So, if you don't go about it correctly, you could possibly upset them, alarm them, yeah, whatever.

It's best to just not... It's best to figure things out before you start talking when you are dealing with someone who is having a delusion, but has no idea they are having a delusion. People with schizoaffective also hallucinate. The most common form of hallucination is auditory, but I imagine that they could have a visual hallucination too, or anything, any kind of hallucination basically. But, auditory is definitely, the most common.

schizoaffective-disorderDisorganized thinking, it may appear disorganized outwardly to people, because someone who's schizoaffective is dealing with the outer world and the inner world and has no idea that they are separate, until they're told they're having delusions and seek treatment and all that. Or, are force into treatment, which is most likely the situation, unless the mood disorder causes them to seek help, and then the schizo traits are found and they are diagnosed as schizoaffective. Odd or unusual behaviour, slow movements or total immobility. When you are living in an imaginary world, it can be expected to move slowly or to just be immobile, because you are dealing with the hallucination and it may present itself in a way in which you feel being immobile is the best way [03:48] ____ it gets. Lack of emotion in facial expression, and speech. This is common with a lot of things; schizoid, Asperger's, schizoaffective, sometimes in depression.

This might be due to the depressed side of the bipolar, or the depressed type schizoaffective, or it may be due to the fact that a lot of people with schizophrenia have no facial expression, not often. Poor motivation, that could stem from the fact that once again, you're dealing with two worlds and probably every time you try to get something going it goes wrong because, you perceive it as something that it is not, or that's just me. And then, you don't know why it went wrong, and that's because your delusion or hallucinations, or whatever, and plus the mood disorder are interfering with the motivation.

Problems of speech and communication, well, it might be hard to communicate while you're having a delusion or you are hallucinating, it might be hard to speak when... Or to actually communicate when you're delusional, because if your delusion is one of grandiosity, then you're going to be a jerk to deal with. So, obviously that wouldn't bode well with most people.

So, that's basically all I have for schizoaffective. It's not really that common, but, oh yeah, it can be genetic. It can be brain chemistry and then it can be environmental, which are things we all need to know. The onset is between age 16 and 30 usually, 0.5 of the population... I don't know, I don't trust statistics I find online. There's treatments, which is medication, which is America's favorite thing to do; psychotherapy and that'll help you get your thinking organized and to recognize what may or may not be a delusion. And just help in general. So if you have that or if you know someone with it, I hope this helps you.

And everybody have a great Friday.

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1.  moonRainbow    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hi, I`m an introverted, and I have struggled with many mental health problems throughout my life. I`m still trying to understand. I`m autodidactic (if you can call any type of learning in such ways). I have trouble holding on to school, a job, a friendship or a lover. I used to regularly self-mutilate to alleviate the pain of living and I abused drugs of all kind and still to at a lesser degree (pcp, mdma, weed, alcohol, etc...). I have never been diagnosed because I don`t want doctors to destroy my mind with their possible ineptitude. One thing I know is there is A LOT of mental issues in both sides of my family, which is something I discovered a few years ago when my mother had a psychotic crisis and had to be put on heavy medication at hospital. As a kid it was always hidden from me. They put me through mris and other strange devices at a young age but didn`t say why.

I don`t think psychosis is my problem, but then anosognosia is a trait to be understood and feared. (hahahaha) At one point in my life I decided I wanted to trek across america with my backpack, which is something many youths do, but for me it was something else, it was a quest for wisdom. I had put on my mind that I wanted to achieve conscious dreaming after reading various books. The whole obsession I had with it eventually beared fruits and I experienced this state of mind in my sleep. I was able to talk to deceased, be everyone at the same time and had many such weird dreams as though I was there. This all happened while I was sleeping. Is this schizophrenia? Also, at one time when I was alone I entered a small shed in a park in a small town and a destroyed book was scattered on the ground with pages all around. I took one page randomly not even thinking about anything but just amused by this finding. The first words on the page were```You were not put on this earth for nothing`` and then continued to a somewhat normal fictious story I didn`t bother to read. Also during that time, I regularly slept in the wilds populated by animals that could have readily killed me. I overlooked such endeavor saying in my mind:``Whatever, who care if I die eaten, I can live in my dreams now``. I was really uninterested in ``reality`Also I meet people on the street and they call me another name as if they had met me but I don`t recall them or anything. I am really scared and although Im a high functionning individual I think that stress can build up and put me on an uneasy balance.

But I am older now and things are better because Im intelligent and I can comprehend (a luck some dont have, cherish it) and I have learned to shun the company of abusers. <------ very important

I stopped taking the worst drugs because at one time I had serotonin poisoning of MDMA and it almost killed me. The thing is that I still have those delusional conversations in my head over and over again. Its has though I am talking to people and sometime my reaction is in the real world and it affect my temper greatly. I was sick because of drugs, but I still have the problem that I was hiding. I am going through a new path now.

I hope this information helps you.

Also remember Hans Asperger was not really fond of categorizing people, unless it had a use. We are born out of a matrix, but free will is what give us the final shape, when you can grasp it.



2.  Jessika Endsley    Sunday, May 18, 2014

Discussing the anosognosia with a doctor and also mentioning that you don't see psychosis as the problem would certainly result in interference and over-medication. This is one reason I don't always promote seeking "help."

One may choose not to categorize, but the categories remain, however finite they may be.

Thank you



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